Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger provided the club's dot com today with a little more detail surrounding the injury to Mesut Ozil, along with where injured current first team players are in their fight to come back to full health.
When he arrived with the German national team, they didn’t think it was a lot at the start," the manager said. "He was supposed to practice on Wednesday but, in the end, he said that wasn’t possible for him.
Then he had a scan and it was bad news. We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations.
Under fire from nearly all corners of the soccer world regarding their frequently-injured players, Wenger appears to trust his medical staff enough to listen to what they believe is the best course of action to nurse him back to health. Whatever your opinion of their medical staff and training philosophies are, Wenger's decided to not deviate too much from their prior long-term injuries and the rehabilitation required to regain fitness.
Wenger also revealed where Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry are in their race back to squad selection:
"Theo is not too far away now," said Wenger.
"Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back. They’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news.
For Ramsey it's day 13 today and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training. Arteta may be back with the group late next week."
It's probably too early to declare any of the four players ready for Hull City in nine days, but considering Walcott's been in training for a while now it might not be too much of a stretch to think he can be ready for the Champions League encounter at Anderlecht on October 22nd. With Ramsey and Arteta set to return for training in a week's time, it won't be too long before our midfield headaches start to lessen.
Of course, that's barring any possible injuries to currently-healthy players between now and then. Stay tuned.