Ramsey’s recovery isn’t progressing as expected – Wenger
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger is quite unhappy as star’s injury has not been progressing the way the team would have expected.
Aaron Ramsey has been sidelined since scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Everton in the league a few days ago and the midfielder is now a doubt for the EFL Cup final with Manchester City next week after Wenger tagged his injury as a subtle one.
The former Cardiff player to the fans surprise was dropped for the North London derby clash with Spurs last weekend after turning in a match-winning performance against the Toffees. He has appeared twice in a Wembley final showdown for Arsenal, scoring on both occasions and claiming the FA Cup the two times.
It has now been confirmed that the 27-year old will be unavailable for the Europa League clash with Ostersund on Thursday as he wasn’t part of the team that travelled to Sweden.
He was also not seen in training this afternoon and it is believed that he is struggling with a minor groin problem, a sensitive case that the club’s medical team will prefer to handle carefully.
While speaking with reporters ahead of the Europa League game, Wenger talked about the Wales midfielder saying: “It’s a little bit a sensitive case, I expect him to be a bit further in the development of the groin problem.”
“However, he hasn’t moved forward as quickly as I expected.”
“Today I would say he will not be available for the next game against Ostersund. For the cup final? I don’t know yet, it depends on how he progresses from now.”
Arsenal also travelled without stand-in skipper Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, and Petr Cech. Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be out for the next six weeks after undergoing a surgery to treat a troublesome knee problem and record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied.
It is thus expected that England International, Danny Welbeck will lead the attack.
“It’s where I prefer him,’ said Wenger, when questioned about the former Manchester United striker.
“It’s an opportunity for him to do well, I have seen today that he is sharper than he has been in a long time.”