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Arsenal's Podolski set for Lengthy lay-off
Updated published : 29 Aug 2013 14:31:54Rss feed
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski could be out of action for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Germany international, who scored twice in the 3-1 Barclays Premier League win at Fulham last weekend, hobbled off during a 2-0 defeat of Fenerbahce as the Gunners progressed to the Champions League group stage draw.
Tests have revealed Podolski is now set for a prolonged spell of rehabilitation, which will further stretch Wenger's already depleted squad.
Speaking to the club's official website, www.arsenal.com, Wenger said: "It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks.
"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 [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now."
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored twice against the Turks, but finished the match on the bench with a groin problem after Arsenal had used all three substitutes, while Jack Wilshere's fragile ankle was a cause for concern after he was the victim of some meaty tackles.
However, Wenger suggested both men should be fine for Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham.
He said: "The news is quite positive. They just had bumps and bruises. They will be involved."
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