Although we’ve had no confirmation of Laurent Koscielny’s injury at the time of writing, it very much looked like he suffered a broken jaw against Manchester United so what can we expect from his recovery?

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (R) gestures to the medical staff after a clash with Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (L) leaves the latter in pain during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 25, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (R) gestures to the medical staff after a clash with Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny (L) leaves the latter in pain during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 25, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

It seemed immediately clear in the way Koscielny grasped both sides of his face after Romelu Lukaku’s boot made contact that something was very wrong. His shaking and obvious distress afterward calmed, thankfully, but when he couldn’t open his mouth properly without significant pain, a broken jaw of some sort seemed easy to diagnose.

Of course, we all hope it isn’t broken and just badly bruised, but this is Arsenal, so we know that won’t be the case.

If it is fractured that will most likely require surgery to reset it. That means a six-week recovery period. After that, he will need to return to match fitness – again – meaning we should see him sidelined for around two months.

Arsenal’s next game is against Cardiff and between now and 26 March Arsenal play City away, Huddersfield, Bate twice, Southampton, Bournemouth, Tottenham away, United again, Wolves, and two other Europa League ties should they, as expected, get past Bate.

Thankfully, the news wasn’t all bad with Unai Emery confirming post-match that Sokratis’ ankle injury shouldn’t be too bad.

“I think they weren’t big injuries for Sokratis [his ankle],” Emery said. “Maybe Laurent Koscielny is going to hospital to [analyse] what injury he has. Maybe he’s broken [his cheek or jaw] but I hope not.”

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