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Wenger: Coquelin out for "at least" two months

The French midfielder will be out for at least two months following injury sustained at the Hawthorns

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Arsène Wenger confirmed initial reports on the severity of Francis Coquelin's injury, with the midfielder set to miss "at least" two months due to a knee ligament injury. Wenger, however, urged caution, saying that the injury could be longer, as the result of Coquelin's scans, which were taken today, had not yet been seen by the Arsenal medical staff.

Coquelin was injured in the 11th minute on Saturday following a 50-50 clash with Claudio Yacob after the Arsenal man needlessly lost possession, and looked to had, at the very least, overextended his knee, leading to fears that he had damaged ligaments. Thus, two months is really the minimum for such an injury; if he has done more than stretched the ligaments, Coquelin is looking at missing a significant portion of the season.

In his stead, and with Mikel Arteta injured again, Wenger stated that Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers will provide backup for Coquelin. Aaron Ramsey is fit again following a hamstring injury, but it remains to be seen whether he will be played in his preferred central midfield position or continue on the right-wing, with other options out of form and/or out injured.