Aaron Ramsey suffered a third hamstring injury of the season in his nine-minute substitute appearance during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leicester City, while Alexis Sanchez had to be taken off with a knee injury.
Ramsey came on as a second-half substitute but limped off soon after. He had felt his hamstring, the same injury he did both last September and December. Ramsey will be assessed on Wednesday and Thursday but Wenger admitted he was worried about the recurrence of this particular problem for his young midfielder.
“It looks like [a hamstring],” Wenger said in his post-match press conference. “I don't know yet how bad it is but just visually it didn’t look good, when a guy stops straightaway and sits down, it is not good news. He has a recurrence now of a few muscular injures.. We haven’t found out why.”
Ramsey missed three months of last season with a muscle injury, ending the best spell of his career so far. “Last year it was a thigh, this year it would be a recurrence of hamstrings,” Wenger said. “You cannot say it is not worry because after a while a player does not play with a free mind.”
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
Wenger admitted he did not know why Ramsey continued to struggle with these problems. “He is not overplayed, I don’t know why,” Wenger said. “Before I never looked at him, just played him in every single game. But since he had these problems I am a bit more cautious with him.”
Wenger also revealed that Alexis Sanchez had come off with a knee injury. Sanchez lasted 68 minutes on his return to the team after feeling some hamstring tightness. “Sanchez got a knock on his knee, it was a heavy tackle,” Wenger said.
“I wanted to take him off at half-time but he said he was ok to go on. I watched him play and thought no. Sometimes it is just a kick and you run it off. But it became worse and in the second half we didn’t see him. I don’t know for how long he will be out.”
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