English Premiership

Arsenal's Sokratis out until the end of February

2019-01-28 07:57
Sokratis Papastathopoulos
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Cape Town - Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos will be out until the end of February with an ankle injury.

The 30-year-old Greek was injured during Arsenal's FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Manchester United on Friday and was substituted in the first-half.

A line on Arsenal's official club website read: "Left ankle. Expected to return to full training by the end of February."

Sokratis' fellow defender, Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, has not broken his jaw after he also had to be taken off against United.

It was feared initially that the 33-year-old Koscielny had broken his jaw; the club said he had suffered bruising and was "being reviewed on a daily basis".

The French centre-back only returned in December after seven months out with an Achilles injury.

The Gunners are already without full-back Hector Bellerin, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.


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