Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out for at least three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.
Wenger’s team fought back from three goals down to earn a point at Bournemouth on Tuesday night in a 3-3 draw, but it seems their efforts have taken a toll on the squad.
The Frenchman is not expecting one of the goalscorers, Lucas Perez, to be involved on Saturday against Preston North End in the FA Cup due to an ankle injury.
Wenger also added that Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are still not up to speed in order to return to first team action and Coquelin will miss a month of action due to a hamstring problem.
The Arsenal boss said in a press conference: “We might have a problem with Perez, he has injured his ankle and I have to see how he responds.
“The closest to coming back is Theo Walcott, but he is not ready and Kieran Gibbs is also not ready.”
Asked about an update on Coquelin, Wenger said: “He is out for three to four weeks now with a hamstring injury.”
The Arsenal boss is also not expecting Mesut Ozil to be fit for their trip to Deepdale as the German has been recovering from a bout of illness.
“Ozil is coming in today to be assessed by the doc he has been in bed for two weeks; I can’t imagine him being involved on Saturday.
“It is like flu or throat infection, I am not sure.”