Laurent Koscielny leaves French squad with 'chronic Achilles tendinitis'

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been excused from the France squad ahead of their games with Portugal and Armenia.

The international break injuries are coming thick and fast. Mesut Ozil has been released from the German squad after arriving for duty with a knee problem. Upon further inspection the German FA announced he would require 12 weeks out of action because of knee ligament damage.

This morning saw Croatia release Dejan Lovren from duties. The Croatian midfielder has torn an abdominal muscle and could face a spell on the side-lines.

Now it is the turn of Arsenal once again.

It has been confirmed that French defender Laurent Koscielny has been excused from international duty with Les Bleus.

This Tweet from the official French team Twitter account confirmed the news earlier today:

It reads that Koscielny is 'suffering from chronic tendinitis in both Achilles tendons' meaning he will miss the upcoming internationals with Portugal and Armenia - friendly matches as France have qualified for the European Championships in 2016 as hosts of the competition.

The decision is believed to be simply precautionary but with the track record Arsenal have of players returning home from international duty, Arsene Wenger will be waiting for a club assessment before announcing a time-spell to his current absence.

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