The air of despondency that seemed to be settling on supporters at the prospect of this year’s highly successful central defensive debutant missing the rest of the season was understandable given the impact that Thomas Vermaelen had had. Fortunately it seems the Verminator is made of strong stuff and the fears of a broken limb following his first half departure in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa last night have been allayed by news from the club that his leg is intact.
“There is no fracture in Thomas` leg but his injury still has to be assessed,” said Wenger. “There is still a good chance he will not play on Sunday.’
In terms of injuries this season it feels as though, in the words of an old blues tune, if it wasn’t for bad luck we’d have no luck at all. Initially positive news following injuries to both van Persie and Gibbs were subsequently dashed as Robin’s injury proved misdiagnosed and Gibbs then broke a metarsal in his first game back from injury. It’s yet unclear how long TV will be sidelined for but it is a relief that he should still, hopefully, contribute significantly to our aspirations for the rest of the season.
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