Wenger gives Debuchy ankle injury update: 'I don’t know how long he will be out for'

Mathieu Debuchy and Arsenal celebrate (Chambers included)

It does not look good for Mathieu Debuchy's ankle injury picked up in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Arsenal will have left The Emirates Stadium this evening wondering what might have been after they threw away a 2-1 lead against Manchester City - drawing 2-2 after Martin Demichelis nodded home a header.

In truth Arsenal's momentum seemed to fade soon after a serious looking injury to Mathieu Debuchy.

The French international was chasing a ball that was bouncing out of play when he appeared to collapse in agony for no reason. He writhed around the turf punching the ground in pain - and there was no other player within 20 yards of the right-back.

He was then stretchered off with gas and air and covered by a blanket - suggesting the injury was serious.

Early rumours suggested potential Achilles tendon damage, a broken leg of torn ankle ligaments. Such an injury would have seen him ruled out for a long time, leaving The Gunners looking understrength at the back.

But Arsene Wenger has now spoken about the incident. Wenger said that while no diagnosis is yet available, it would not appear he has badly sprained is ankle and that it did not look good for his injury worries. He said to reporters after the game:

“Debuchy has a bad ankle sprain. I don’t know how long he will be out for but it doesn’t look too good. They need more time to assess how long he'll be out."

With games against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham and Chelsea all coming up, his absence will be sorely missed.

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