French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy has appeased worries over a possible long term injury by posting a positive update on the situation.
He wrote on his official Facebook page: “I have to pass a medical exam on Monday. No fracture. Hope to be back asap!
The £12 million summer signing from Newcastle United has settled in well at the Emirates, performing admirably in the absence of former reliable Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.
In his fourth consecutive Premier League start for the Gunners against Sagna’s new club Manchester City, Debuchy was withdrawn from play on a stretcher with just under ten minutes remaining following a nasty looking injury.
Arsene Wenger after the game feared for the worst, telling Sky Sports: “Debuchy has a badly sprained ankle. How long will he be out? I don't know, but it doesn't look good. People told me they need a bit more time to assess how long he will be out but it's a bad ankle sprain.”
Debuchy, however, remains more positive and whilst knowing that an official medical exam is set for Monday, he has ruled out a fracture and vowed to return as soon as possible.
With important games against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to come over the next four weeks, Wenger will be tasked with shuffling around his backline to help deal with the short-term loss.
Fellow summer signing Calum Chambers is an option at right-back, though with the North Londoners currently light in the middle, Debuchy’s unfortunate injury may give youngster Hector Bellerin the chance to break into the first team.