Arsenal: Koscielny faces race to be fit for Norwich fixture

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has picked up an injury on international duty.

The news Arsenal fans were dreading coming into the international break has happened before a ball has even been kicked, one of their players has suffered an injury.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny picked up a calf strain in training, the French Football Federation confirmed on their official website on Wednesday.

Koscielny's official status is doubtful for France's friendly against Australia on Friday, and he is unlikely to be risked. Young prospect Kurt Zouma was called into the squad as cover.

Zouma was called up in case Koscielny withdraws which remains a very real scenario.

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France need to beat Finland next Tuesday at home to ensure World Cup qualification, but there is still no clear indication whether he will be able to play in the fixture.

Arsenal will be hoping the Frenchman is not risked, as his status for their next Premier League fixture is suddenly unclear.

Sports website physioroom.com details a calf strain as typically needing a three week recovery time. If it is a more minor tweak then Koscielny may hope for a better diagnosis.

Arsenal face Norwich City at the Emirates on October 19, and it is quickly apparent Koscielny's availability for that fixture is no longer guaranteed.

The Gunners fortunately have Thomas Vermaelen at the ready to step in, but there won't be a single fan who is not crossing their fingers Koscielny is back to full health.

There is one piece of positive news for Arsenal fans to cling onto - At least it is not Olivier Giroud.

Are you confident Vermaelen can fill in capably if need be?

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