The Germany international’s hamstring injury is worse than the club had originally feared but the young midfield duo should feature in the north London derby after their knocks
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lukas Podolski will miss up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury, although Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are fit to face Tottenham on Sunday.
The German limped off in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahce shortly after half-time with a hamstring injury.
The Gunners had hoped the injury wasn’t as bad as it first appeared but have now learnt the 28-year-old will be sidelined for at least two months.
“It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks. His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
Meanwhile, midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey should be fit enough to feature in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham following the knocks they picked up against Fenerbahce.
“The news is quite positive. They just had bumps and bruises. They will be involved,” Wenger added.
The Frenchman also gave an update on the progress of Arsenal’s long-term absentees.
He continued: “[Mikel] Arteta is doing OK but there are few weeks to go with him. Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break.“