Arsenal midfielder Coquelin could miss the rest of 2016

Date published: Monday 26th September 2016 11:59

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Francis Coquelin’s injury could be worse than first feared and the Arsenal midfielder might be sidelined until the New Year.

Coquelin was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 victory over Chelsea and it is thought the Frenchman has suffered a recurrence of the medial ligament injury which kept him out for two months of last season.

The 25-year-old will undergo a scan on Monday but the Daily Mail suggests the player will face a fight to appear again this calendar year.

Arsene Wenger admits the injury looked “bad”, although the Arsenal boss will be relieved to have a direct replacement available in £35million summer signing Granit Xhaka.

Switzerland international Xhaka has been eased into the Premier League so far, starting only twice, but has impressed in his limited game time.

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