Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has seen his fair share of injury troubles in the last 12 months and following Saturday’s emphatic victory over Chelsea, things appeared to be going from bad to worse for the Frenchman.
A heavy challenge from N’Golo Kante on the half hour mark saw Coquelin limp from the field with a knowing look of despair in his eyes. Today, it was reported that Arsenal medics feared the worst as it appeared the 25-year-old has suffered a reoccurrence of the medial ligament injury that saw him miss over two months of last season.
With a scan scheduled for this morning to assess the damage to the France international’s knee, the expectation among fans was for another long layoff. Now however, according to the Daily Cannon, via L’Equipe, it seems that results from the scan suggest a much more positive outlook.
Though the extent of the injury has not been revealed by the French media outlet, they reports that Coquelin could be ready to return to action in as little as two weeks.
If this report is indeed true it will come as a massive boost for Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger. With a side that is growing in confidence with each passing game, staying as injury free as possible will ensure that the veteran manager will have a squad that is ready to finally challenge for another Premier League title, some twelve seasons since their last victorious campaign.
Following their destruction of city rivals Chelsea at the weekend, news of Coquelin’s positive news has made it one hell of 20th anniversary present for Wenger.
Happy anniversary Arsène!
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena