Will Draxler Injury Keep Him From Signing with Arsenal?

Martin Rose

The phrase "ruptured tendon" isn't encouraging -- and it's popping up in today's Julian Draxler stories -- but the recovery time might be quicker than initially reported.

As more and more publications jump on the Julian Draxler-to-Arsenal train -- and as more and more pundits compare Draxler to Robin van Persie, thinking that Arsene Wenger will engineer a similar magical winger-to-forward conversion -- there's a bit of unfortunate reality getting in the way of these plans.

It turns out that Draxler has an injury. Both the Daily Mail and Metro are reporting that Draxler is to see a specialist in Munich for a "ruptured tendon" (which doesn't sound good), and Metro chimes in with the doomy proclamation that it could be for as much as three months. And yet, both publications say that Arsenal's still in for the £35-37M bid it would take to bring him over from Schalke in the January window.

Our favorite German soccer expert, Jan Aage Fjortoft, originally sent out a since-deleted tweet saying that the injury would only sideline Draxler for 10 days, and then posted this:

That would be Sky Sports' Dirk Schlarmann, who totally gave us a shout-out yesterday by retweeting this:

And Raphael Honigstein, another German soccer expert who takes to Twitter as well, had this to say:

Though "ruptured tendon" might not be the thing that moves Dick Law to get Draxler's paperwork in motion, Fjortoft quoted Honigstein on his Twitter account yesterday, saying that the Draxler move is still more likely in the summer, Schalke will let buyers come to them, and Arsenal would have the inside track over Bayern Munich if both came calling.

So, you know, encouraging, except for the whole "ruptured tendon" thing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Join The Short Fuse

You must be a member of The Short Fuse to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Short Fuse. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker