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Arsenal star faces up to one month on the sidelines after sustaining injury in Champions League opener

Serie A giants AS Roma have confirmed that on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a ligament strain to the finger during their Champions League opener on Wednesday night.

The Italian club revealed the news via their official website on Thursday as they eased fears that the Poland international had fractured his finger, however, they expect him to be out of action for at least a month.

Szczesny, who signed for Roma on a season-long loan deal from the Gunners earlier in the summer, was forced off early in the second half at the Stadio Olimpico against Liga BBVA giants Barcelona as he picked up the injury in a clash with Luis Suarez and was replaced by veteran stopper Morgan de Sanctis.

The 25-year-old had featured in all four games for the club since his arrival and proved his quality with an outstanding last minute save in their 2-1 victory over reigning Serie A champions Juventus last month.

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