Laurent Koscielny has had surgery to remove blood clots from his face after he was kicked (accidentally) by Romelu Lukaku.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal is given treatment during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal is given treatment during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Arsenal captain is still having trouble and is reportedly unable to eat after receiving a stray boot to the face when Arsenal played Manchester United.

Thankfully, his jaw is not broken although it seemed like he had picked up a pretty severe injury when he initially hit the deck.

Kos is still expected to spend a few weeks on the sidelines and, speaking to the press (an outlet the S*n didn’t credit), he said, “Personally, Friday was tough. When the incident with Lukaku happened, I really thought my jaw was broken.

“It was so painful. I went to hospital and after some tests and X-rays, it showed that, thankfully, it was not broken.

“I was so relieved, but I still needed some surgery on Saturday to take out all the blood clots created by the impact.

“I still need time to recover because at the moment, I cannot eat or chew.

“Hopefully, I will be back soon.”

Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday and will be without both Kos and Sokratis who will be sidelined until the end of February.

They are, of course, also without Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has a bruised knee, and Emile Smith Rowe is on his way to RB Leipzig:

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