Wenger hopes Rosicky will play again this season

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Arsene Wenger says Tomas Rosicky will not require surgery on his latest thigh injury, however, the midfielder will be out for up to three months.

Confirming that the 35-year-old midfielder has suffered a partial rupture of his thigh tendon the boss revealed he and the coaching staff are doing their best to support the ‘shocked’ Czech international.

“I hope not,” responded Wenger when asked if Rosicky has played his final game for Arsenal.

He continued: “His injury is quite a serious one; a muscular injury. The good news is he will not need surgery, it’s a partial rupture of his tendon.

“How long does it take? Two months to three months, we don’t know.

“We are all of course, shocked and he is the most shocked.  We have to be patient and hope that it is not his last game.

“I don’t want to be dramatic, he suffers enough at the moment. I’m more with a support attitude rather than anything dramatic.”

Rosicky was given a hero’s welcome when he made his comeback against Burnley in the FA Cup. As was confirmed earlier in the week, he suffered his problem just three minutes after coming on as a substitute but chose to stay on the field as the Gunners, without any further substitutions available, defended a 2-1 lead.

It’s unlikely Tomas will be handed a new contract when his current deal ends in six months. The latest blow means he faces a race against time to be fully fit for the final weeks of the season. There won’t be a single Gooner willing him anything other than a speedy recovery.

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