Arsene Wenger has revealed that Aaron Ramsey’s comeback will be delayed, potentially until the League Cup final with Manchester City on 25 February.
The Gunners have travelled to Sweden for their Europa League clash with Ostersund without the Wales international who missed Saturday’s defeat to Sp*rs with a groin problem, said to be minor at the time.
It now looks as though it’s more serious than originally expected, with Wenger telling his pre-game press conference:
“Ramsey is a little bit of a sensitive case. He doesn’t move forward as quickly as I expected. Today I would say certainly he will not be available for the second game against Ostersund. Maybe for the cup final.”
Wenger: "Ramsey is a little bit of a sensitive case. He doesn't move forward as quickly as I expected. Today I would say certainly he will not be available for the second game against Ostersund. Maybe for the cup final."
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The Gunners will also be missing Alexandre Lacazette (out for up to six weeks after an operation on his knee) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (cup tied).
Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere have also not travelled for the game with Matt Macey, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock making the squad in their place. Danny Welbeck is expected to lead the line for the Gunners.
Explaining the decision to leave some players at home, Wenger added: “One or two had recent problems. Koscielny with his Achilles, Wilshere as well. I don’t know what the pitch is about. I wanted to rest Jack because he was sick several times in the game against Spurs and felt he hadn’t fully recovered.”