Aaron Ramsey certainly has been no stranger to the treatment room this season.
Following a brief ankle issue in early September, almost a third of his time has been spent dealing with a nagging hamstring – this latest injury coming after only nine minutes on the pitch after he came on as a sub for Theo Walcott against Leicester.
This problem first occurred against Tottenham on 27th September and recurred in the Champions League match versus Galatasaray on 9th December, and each took him 3-4 weeks to return from.
Many have noticed Ramsey’s lack of sharpness this season.
Although he has come back strongly in the past, there is no doubt his recent drop in form is due to him struggling with this latest problem.
It has been reported by several sources that he will be out for a minimum of four weeks with this latest hamstring injury however he is not expected to learn the length of his lay-off until Thursday so those reports would seem like guesswork at this stage in the hope of seeming like they have inside information.
Regardless, history has shown that three weeks doesn’t seem to be enough time for him to heal properly – particularly in light of the recurring thigh muscle strain he suffered between January through April of last season.
We’d all rather have Aaron Ramsey return as the fully fit and focused scoring machine he was last season, rather than one that’s just partially healed and ineffective.