Arsene Wenger has said that Francis Coquelin should be fine for Friday’s game against Liverpool, after he limped off in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup meeting with West Ham.
Coquelin went off in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
It looked as if he had picked up a muscular injury, which would usually be a couple of weeks out at least.
However, Arsene Wenger has downplayed the injury and feels the French midfielder should be fine to play Liverpool on Friday.
Wenger: "We lost Giroud. Coquelin looks less problematic but Giroud looks out for Friday night.."
Is Giroud's injury bad? Wenger: "In his statement, it does not look very good."
Giroud hamstring, Coquelin cramp.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) December 19, 2017
It looks like Coquelin just went off with cramp. He had a good game against West Ham, playinga number of impressive passes and being typically strong in the tackle.
Far from a first-team regular now, the combative Frenchman has played mostly in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, after he recovered from an early season ankle injury.
Often a target of criticism for his rash play and sloppy passing, I’m sure a few fans wouldn’t have been too upset if he didn’t feature in the coming games.
However, with a busy run of fixtures ahead, we need as many players available as possible. Hence, it’s good news that Coquelin won’t be out for too long.