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Laurent Koscielny has undergone surgery to repair his ruptured achilles tendon and will be out for six months. Arsenal’s outgoing manager, Arsène Wenger, described his player as “devastated”.
The Arsenal captain was due to retire as a France player after the World Cup finals in Russia this summer. The dream of bowing out on a high is in tatters.
The 32-year-old centre-half – who is under contract until 2020 – collapsed in the early running of last Thursday’s Europa League semi-final, second-leg at Atlético Madrid.
He had been forced to manage inflammation in the tendon for some time, although Wenger expressed his surprise that the discomfort had turned into the worst-case injury.
“Koscielny is devastated because he has had surgery,” Wenger said. “That means he will be out for six months. You will not see him before the end of December, or maybe the beginning of December at best. It’s certainly the final year he would play for the national team, but you never know. He now misses the World Cup, as well.
“You can only try to support people when they suffer because, of course, they suffer from a situation like that. What is unusual in his case is that he had a tendon issue for a long time and usually they don’t rupture. People with inflamed tendons [usually] don’t rupture but in his case, it went. I don’t know why. He will make a full recovery because the advantage of the surgery is that it heals the inflammation.”