Bacary Sagna has revealed that he wasn’t immediately aware of the seriousness of his latest leg break until his x-ray results were met with silence by the Arsenal medical team.
Having had a metal plate inserted in his leg following a break in October against Spurs, the French international suffered a similar blow in the final home game of the season against Norwich after a challenge by Bradley Johnson.
Speaking to The Sun about the injury, which he later claimed had been inflicted deliberately, Sagna made clear that he initially thought he might be able to continue playing until physio Colin Lewin insisted he leave the field.
“I didn’t know my injury was going to be as bad as it was at the time.
“I felt a big kick when I was on the floor and when I stood up the ball came back to me and as soon as it touched my foot I felt a crack again.
“I thought it was a muscle or a tendon that had detached itself. I wanted to play again but the physios told me I was out so I went off the pitch to have an X-ray.
“I knew it wasn’t good at all because they were looking at each other without talking to me. That made me even more worried because all of my family were at the game.”
Ruled out of the European Championships because of the injury, Sagna’s confirmed his sole focus is on recovering fitness so that he can once again take his place on the right-side of Arsenal’s defence.
“It’s a huge blow to miss the Euros but I wasn’t thinking about that straight away because I didn’t know it was as bad as it was.
“As soon as they told me it was broken, all I could think about was getting back to playing football.
“I’m really sad to be missing the Euros and playing against England but I play for an amazing team and I’m looking forward to coming back and achieving a great season next year.
“My recovery is going well. There is no swelling and hopefully I can start walking again with crutches soon.
“I’m looking forward to going to the rehab centre. I will go there and come back fresh.”
It remains to be seen whether Bac will play any part in pre-season, although given the length of time he was sidelined last time it seems unlikely. Fingers crossed he won’t miss too much, if any, of the start of next term – there’s not a Gooner in the world who doesn’t recognise and appreciate his importance to the team.