Arsenal could have another casualty on their injury list in the form of club captain Thomas Vermaelen. He complained of a calf injury after the defeat to Manchester United and is a major doubt for Belgium’s game with Colombia.
Belgium national coach Marc Wilmots confirmed Vermaelen’s situation as well as a request from the Gunners to have a scan before joining with Belgium, which was granted.
“Vermaelen felt something in his calf and left at the request of Arsenal for a scan.”
It’s still unclear how serious the injury is or how long he will be unavailable for but Arsenal hope to have the scans results soon to determine the news. Vermaelen is currently on the outskirts of first team with Laurent Koscielny & Per Mertesacker the preferred starting duo but the Belgian was selected against Manchester United due to illness to Mertesacker.
The German defender has recovered from his illness and has travelled to join up with the German squad but his defensive colleague, who recently insisted he would stay and fight for his place, could be set for another spell on the sidelines. Vermaelen missed the beginning of the season through injury aswell.
More alarming news for the Gunners is that although Vermaelen’s injury doesn’t directly disrupt the first team, it gives no options at centre-back on the bench with Johan Djourou & Ignasi Miquel loaned out to Hamburg & Leicester City respectively.
January has been touted as a busy month for Arsene Wenger with a new striker and Bacary Sagna replacement already on his list but he may have to include another centre-back too.