Good business, Arsenal, well played…
Ex-Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered yet another injury set back at Barcelona that looks set to keep him out for the rest of his debut season.
The Belgian defender only joined the Cataln club in the summer in a £15 million move but is yet to make an appearance for the La Liga giants and underwent surgery in December on a thigh issue.
In what looks like an increasingly erudite and smart move from Arsenal to ditch to former Ajax man, Vermaelen actually arrived at the La Liga club with an ongoing problem to his right hamstring that he picked up at the World Cup.
After a flurry of problems throughout the campaign, the defender looked to be on the comeback trail but pulled out of light training due to muscle pain and now, the Daily Mail reports, is out for rest of the 2014/15 season.
For his part, Barcelona Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarretta has since been sacked for failing to fix the club’s defensive issues.
On Vermaelen’s presentation at the club it was claimed by Zubizarreta that he was fully fit but since then he failed to make an appearance prior to breaking down in November.
Despite the club’s initial insistence that he could play again this season, following surgery on his injured thigh, it now seems he won’t be back until the end of 2015.