The defender is expected to be out of action for a minimum of six months after surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon. Koscielny was forced out of the Gunners’ second leg Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid after pulling up in agony. The Achilles problems that have hounded the player finally got the better of him.
The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Frenchman. He will now miss out on next month’s World Cup in Russia. At the age of 32 this is almost certainly Koscielny’s last chance to represent his country on the world stage. With 51 caps, he had already announced that he would retire from the French national team after the World Cup.
France manager Didier Deschamps commented on the loss of Koscielny, “I am really very sad for Laurent because this World Cup was also a very important moment for him in his career and I wish him a lot of strength in his comeback, because I’m sure he still has some great things to come.’’
Outgoing Arsenal boss commented on the situation, “Koscielny is, of course, devastated because he had surgery. That means he will be out for six months. You will not see him before, certainly, the end of December, or the beginning of December at best.”
Koscielny has been one of Arsenal’s only truly reliable defenders for several years. His absence only adds to the incoming manager’s “to do” list.
Earlier today the player addressed his situation with the following tweet: (for those that don’t know French, click on Koscielny’s Twitter account and then the translate button)
Merci pour tous les messages reçus depuis ma blessure. L’opération s’est bien passée, c’est une nouvelle étape qui commence pour moi Je suis déterminé à me battre, pas seulement pour moi mais aussi pour ma famille, mes amis et tous les gens qui me soutiennent— Koscielny (@6_LKOSCIELNY) May 8, 2018
À très vite lolo... pic.twitter.com/Kq8FFDNCNG