The row over the knee injury to Mesut Ozil continues.
On Wednesday, the Arsenal playmaker missed training with Germany. He was taken for an MRI scan in Munich, where it was revealed that he will be out for 10 to 12 weeks.
‘The treatment will be non-operative with a six-week immobilisation of the knee', read a statement from the German football federation. 'Mesut Ozil is likely to be out for 10 to 12 weeks'.
Arsenal, though, have refused to state for how long the former Real Madrid star will be on the sidelines.
In a statement on their official website on Wednesday, the Gunners claimed that ‘it is too early to say how long Ozil may be out of action’, and then on Thursday manager Arsene Wenger stated: ‘We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations’.
It seems that Arsenal are not willing to give a definite time period for which Ozil will be out of action.
The Premier League outfit’s apparent 'distrust' in the diagnosis of the German FA seems to have frustrated Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider, who insists that team doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has correctly called on the injury.
‘I think that our medical department, and we fully trust them, has diagnosed Mesut's injury’, ESPN quotes him as saying. ‘And we are absolutely confident that it all was correct.
'We don't plan [to call up a replacement]. It's bitter that Mesut is out for such a long time, but it doesn't change the fact that we want to win the match on Saturday'.
What is clear is that Arsenal want to run some more tests on Ozil and then assess the situation. And it’s understandable. After all, Ozil’s injury will be a bigger miss for the Gunners than for Germany.