Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey and young right-back Hector Bellerin will miss the Champions League opener against Dinamo Zagreb.
Earlier in the day it was confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere, who was sidelined with a hairline fracture in his left fibula, will have to undergo an operation to correct the injury. A small plate will be inserted in the midfielder’s left leg and he is expected to be sidelined for another three months.
Arsenal FC are already suffering their annual injury-crisis. Only five games into the season, three players have been ruled out for lengthy periods. Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky have underwent knee surgery, while Wilshere is scheduled to be operated on this week.
Ramsey and Bellerin didn’t travel to Zagreb
a Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 15, 2015
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Ramsey and Bellerin didn’t travel with the squad to Zagreb.
The news that midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin are unavailable for the clash against Zagreb will only add to the woes of the manager. Mathieu Debuchy is expected to comeback in the starting line-up in place of Bellerin, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Theo Walcott could be seen filling in on the right wing.
Per Mertesacker has returned in training having missed the last two games due to injury, but the German was involved in a minor car crash on Monday, while returning from training. Wenger feels Saturday’s clash against Chelsea FC could be seen as a more realistic date for the return of the German defender.