Arsenal boss Unai Emery has conceded that he’s concerned over the severity of Laurent Koscielny’s injury, although he’s allayed fears over Sokratis.
The defensive pair were forced off during the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round clash at the Emirates on Friday night, adding to Emery’s woes in that department having lost Hector Bellerin to a long-term blow last week.
Koscielny in particular raised concern as he was left in visible pain on the ground for several minutes before eventually being led off the pitch.
As for his Greek teammate, an awkward landing ensured that there was concern over whether or not he had perhaps done serious damage to himself too.
Speaking after the game, Emery has seemingly suggested that Sokratis may have escaped any serious setback, although he fears that Koscielny may well have sustained a broken cheek or jaw after a heavy collision.
“I think they weren’t big injuries for Sokratis [his ankle],” Emery said, as per the club’s site. “Maybe Laurent Koscielny is going to hospital to [analyse] what injury he has. Maybe he’s broken [his cheek or jaw] but I hope not.”
It would be a real shame if the Frenchman has suffered a fresh injury setback which will keep him sidelined having worked so hard to recover from a long spell out with an Achilles injury he suffered last season.
Further tests will undoubtedly discover how serious it is, but with Arsenal already leaking goals with a strong backline, Emery will be concerned over the growing injury list as they prepare to face Cardiff City in the Premier League on Tuesday night.