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ARSENE WENGER is not confident of Laurent Koscielny featuring for Arsenal again this season.
The Frenchman was stretchered off early into the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening with what appeared to be an Achilles problem.
Eight minutes into the tie, Koscielny suddenly fell to ground under no touch from any opposition players which prompted Diego Costa to signal for the referee’s attention.
The Arsenal defender lay on the turf for several minutes, hitting the ground in frustration as he realised the severity of his injury.
Fans of both the north London side and the French national team were fearing the worst after the incident.
And Wenger did little to dispel those fears at full time.
“It doesn’t look very good,” he told reporters.
“You can always hope for a miracle in the scan that he will have but the first signs don’t look very good.”
Asked if Koscielny had ruptured his Achilles, the Arsenal boss replied: “You will know that more soon.
“It looks like it could be that.
“I’m a bit cautious [about confirming that] because nobody could say that without looking at it clinically.”
With the World Cup just six weeks away, it is a huge blow for Koscielny and France boss Didier Deschamps.
And Wenger isn’t confident of his star’s chances of making the tournament.
“His World Cup chances?” he continued.
“That depends on the scan, if he has a ruptured Achilles his chances are non-existent.
“We will know more after the scan.”