Thursday 29 August 2013
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Lukas Podolski will be out for longer than expected after suffering a hamstring injury in the victory over Fenerbahce on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old forward, who scored two goals in Saturday's Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham, was forced off just after half-time of the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg tie, which the Gunners won 2-0.
"His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought"
Podolski was initially thought to be out for three weeks but Wenger told the club's website that he will be out for eight to 10 weeks.
"It is bad news about Lukas Podolski," said Wenger. "His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win. We have to be patient now.”
Wenger had better news regarding midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, saying "they will be involved" in Sunday's North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
"The news is quite positive," Wenger said. "They just had bumps and bruises."
The manager also said that defender Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break, which for Arsenal resumes with the trip to Sunderland on 14 September.