Campbell to miss Netherlands match

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Sol Campbell will be out for two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury in Arsenal's 4-2 defeat by Manchester United on Tuesday.

Sol Campbell will be out for two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury in Arsenal's 4-2 defeat by Manchester United on Tuesday.

The England centre-back will miss games against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace as well as the international friendly against the Netherlands at Villa Park next Wednesday. Campbell, who lost possession to give United the chance to score their opening goal at Highbury, limped off in the 79th minute with a twisted ankle.

"Sol's injury leaves us short in defence," said his manager Arsène Wenger yesterday. "I don't know exactly what I will do yet but I have a bit more time to think about it."

With Kolo Touré serving the last of a three-game ban and Philippe Senderos injured, Justin Hoyte could play in central defence at Villa alongside Pascal Cygan.

In the wake of Tuesday's defeat, Wenger has been assured by the club's chairman that he will be given money to rebuild his squad.

Peter Hill-Wood responded to reports that Wenger's requests to strengthen his team during the transfer window had been knocked back by saying, "That's absolute nonsense, Arsène was offered money. But he said he wasn't going to buy for the sake of it and would only act if he could find someone to add to the team." Hill-Wood also denied that building Arsenal's new £357m stadium at Ashburton Grove is siphoning off funds intended for team building.

The England game that Campbell will miss will feature an England side wearing shirts bearing an anti-racism message - the first time in 133 years of international football that the England shirt will carry an emblem other than the three lions badge and the manufacturer's logo.

* The Crystal Palace defender Gonzalo Sorondo has had his appeal against a red card rejected by the Football Association after he was sent off during Tuesday's draw at West Brom.

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