According to his official website, Johan Djourou has a muscle tear in his right thigh and could be out of action for as much as a month.
Undoubtedly the not-at-all-predictable and highly witty will chip in with comments such as ‘Good’ and ‘He’s shit’ but while his recent form has been poor, it’s worth remembering we now only have two fit senior centre-halves, and Thomas Vermaelen is carrying an knock after Sunday’s merciless pounding of Sp*rs.
Per Mertesacker is out for the season with an ankle injury while Sebastian Squillaci has fractured his spirit in eight different places. With 12 league games still to go it’s a lot to ask of Koscielny and Vermaelen to stay fit for all of them, especially as Koscielny is also being nursed through a minor injury himself.
With Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey out injured the option of moving Alex Song back to centre-half is not as obvious as it might be, leaving the manager only with young Spaniard Ignasi Miquel to call on if he needs cover.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, he has impressed me this season and even when played out of position at left back he has done well, but considering how crucial each game is, the more fully fit players we have in the squad the better.