Laurent Koscielny available for Community Shield

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Laurent Koscielny will be available for selection for this Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea.

The French international was sent off in our final league game of last season, and was issued a mandatory three match ban.

He served the first game of that suspension the following week, missing out on the 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

However, as this Sunday’s game against Chelsea is deemed a friendly and not a competitive fixture, Koscielny is eligible.

It means his suspension runs for the first two Premier League games of the season, meaning he misses the opener against Leicester City, and the away trip to Stoke on August 19th.

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