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Arsene Wenger admits that Laurent Koscielny is likely to miss the World Cup after suffering a suspected ruptured Achilles in Arsenal’s defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners exited the Europa League after Diego Costa netted the only goal in Madrid, with skipper Koscielny having been stretchered off just a few minutes into the contest.
Although the Frenchman has yet to undergo a scan, the initial prognosis is not good and Wenger fears his defender will miss the World Cup, with Achilles injuries usually requiring six months to heal.
Wenger explained at his post-match press conference: ‘It doesn’t look very good. ‘His Achilles is… You can always hope for a miracle in the scan that he will have but the first signs don’t look very good.’
On whether it’s a ruptured Achilles, he continued: ‘You will know that more soon. It looks like it could be that.
‘I’m a bit cautious [about confirming that] because nobody could say that without looking at it clinically.’ On Koscielny’s World Cup chances, he concluded: ‘That depends on the scan, if he has a ruptured Achilles his chances are non-existent. We will know more after the scan.’