Koscielny’s ‘chronic’ Achilles adds to Arsenal injury worries

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Laurent Koscielny has returned to Arsenal from international duty so he can receive treatment on a long-standing Achilles complaint.

Although the reports this afternoon say the decision to let the defender return to the Gunners is ‘precautionary’, France Football says it’s because he’s suffering from ‘chronic tendinitis of both Achilles tendons’.

Koscielny has been nursed through a number of games this season already, but with a punishing schedule and only two senior central defenders, it can be no surprise that he’s not able to shake off what could become a very debilitating complaint.

Although Arsenal do have Calum Chambers to fill in, it leaves them short of a right back due to the injury to Mathieu Debuchy.

As we don’t play again until next weekend against Hull there may be hope in the short term that we can get him fit enough to play, but over the course of the season it’s hard not to see the lack of depth in this area proving costly.

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