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Arshavin reveals injury absence

01 Apr 2010 - 12:35:34

Arsenal will be without Andrey Arshavin for up to three weeks after the Russia playmaker revealed the extent of his injury picked up against Barcelona.

Arshavin was one of three Gunners players to limp out of Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg draw with the European champions.

A calf problem led to his departure in the first half, but, unlike team-mates Cesc Fabregas and William Gallas who both look set for long-term absences, Arshavin is hopeful that his knock won't lead to a lengthy spell on he sidelines.

"Perhaps I won't be able to play for another two or three weeks," he told his personal website.

"It is not a relapse of my old injury, this is a new one."

Speaking about the state of the quarter-final tie, the upbeat Russia star added: "The rest of the players will play to win.

"They showed great character on Wednesday. Barcelona had a good start but we found our way back.

"There is one more match ahead and there is still hope."


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