Arsenal have played down initial fears that Thomas Vermaelen was facing several months on the sidelines by revealing that while the Belgian has undergone a minor surgical procedure to remove a tendon, he should be back in full training inside a month.
A statement on Arsenal.com reveals:
“Centre back Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be back in training with the first-team squad in around a month.
“Vermaelen has undergone a minor procedure to remove an inflamed plantaris tendon from his left ankle.
“This is the same treatment that he had on his right ankle in January this year and has nothing to do with his Achilles tendon.
“The action was taken after consultation with specialists who advised this was the best thing to do to prevent it becoming a persistent problem.”
Taking the above into consideration the centre-back will definitely miss matches against Swansea, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, the Champions League ties with Borussia Dortmund and Olympiacos and the Carling Cup match with Shrewsbury Town.