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Report: Francis Coquelin only out two weeks

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After initial reports that Coquelin could have been out for the rest of the year, it’s looking like it could be a lot better than first expected.

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Much, much, much ink has been spilled on the subject of Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin, who has been Arsene Wenger’s starting choice at holding midfielder since the start of the season, despite the signing of highly-rated Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka. The 25-year-old Frenchman put on a solid performance on Saturday but was forced off the pitch with only a third of the match gone due to a knee injury.

Rumors swirled based around the fact that Coquelin injured the same knee he injured similarly last year, leaving him out for an extended period, and based on the fact that Coquelin left the Emirates in a knee brace. Initial scans apparently were inconclusive because of swelling, which is never a good sign. Now, however, a report from The Sun (ugh) suggests that Coquelin’s injury is not as bad as was first feared and that he will only be out for two weeks.

This can only be good news. Having the team as close to full strength as possible will only help them going forward. Hopefully these reports turn out to be true!