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Arsenal striker Sanogo injured and taken to Turkish hospital - 'Doubtful' for u20 clash

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Arsenal new boy Yaya Sanogo has suffered an injury setback.

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo was awarded his squad number at the club on Friday, but it probably was the furthest thing from his mind.

The recently signed forward is busy on international duty, preparing for France's quarter-final clash with Uzbekistan at the under-20 World Cup.

At the tournament in Turkey he has scored three goals and provided one assist in four games, but has now suffered a setback.

French newspaper L'Equipe has reported that the 20-year-old was injured during Friday morning's training session.

He collided with teammate Mouhamadou Naby Sarr of Lyon, and the French medical staff were so concerned they rushed him to a Turkish hospital for check-ups, with a fear he had broken or fractured a rib.

L'Equipe reveal that fortunately no serious problems were found with the striker, who had simply sustained an impact injury.

The game kicks off at 5pm on Saturday, and the striker is presently regarded as 'doubtful' to lead the line for his country.

He has not been ruled out entirely and the French medical team will re-assess him on Saturday morning and depending on how the striker has recovered, may still give him the green light to play.

The fact he has not sustained a serious injury is huge news for the striker, who was compared by fans of Auxerre to another old player who joined Arsenal, the injury-prone Abou Diaby.

Sanogo himself only got his career going at the end of 2012 after recovering from complications from a broken leg, scoring nine goals in 12 games for Auxerre to win himself a deal at Arsenal.

Fans will be thanking their lucky stars, because as they have seen with the bad luck which has cursed Diaby, it just would have been typical if the striker sustained a serious injury four days after having his Arsenal contract confirmed.

image: © Julien Haler

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