Ligament injury could force Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin out until the new year

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Arsenal have raised concerns that they could be without influential midfielder Francis Coquelin for the rest of 2015, due to a knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, the Daily Mail reports.

The Mail claims that the Frenchman went for scans to assess the extent of the injury, with the results coming back to show that he has suffered ligament damage.

However, the Arsenal medical staff are waiting for the swelling around the knee to go down before conducting any further tests (via Mail) and they will be hoping that the problem is not as bad as initially feared.

But there is still a suggestion that he will struggle to take to the pitch again this calendar year (via Mail).

The 24-year-old may even miss the opening weeks of 2016, which will come as a huge blow for Arsene Wenger, not just because he has established himself as the club’s first choice defensive midfielder over the past 12 months, but because of the slew of other injuries The Gunners are carrying at the moment (via Mail).

The Mail believe that this could force Wenger’s hand into the transfer market in January to bolster the ranks with some much needed quality.

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