In the final stages of yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, Aaron Ramsey pulled up with a hamstring strain.
He stayed on the pitch as Arsenal sought a winner, but ultimately the game finished in a draw.
Afterwards, Arsene Wenger gave an update on the problem, saying, “He has a hamstring problem.
“In the last 10 or 12 minutes if we had him fully fit it would have helped.”
Ramsey has been one of the team’s best players in recent weeks, and although Jack Wilshere is fit again and pushing for a Premier League start, the other options remain unconvincing.
Both Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny have become fringe players, appearing mostly in the Europa League, but the manager will hope that the match sharpness they have will come in useful if they’re required for any period of time.
The Welshman is set for further tests on his hamstring today, but even a mild strain could see him miss three weeks – a real blow at what is the busiest time of the year.
If he is absent for that long, he could miss the games against West Ham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Brom – with perhaps the Chelsea game as the target for his return.
Fingers crossed it’s not as bad as that, and we have had a couple of nice injury surprises recently so let’s hope for one more.
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