Former Arsenal captain in tears after getting injured again

Laurent Koscielny leaves the pitch injured (Photo via FranceFootball.fr)
Laurent Koscielny leaves the pitch injured (Photo via FranceFootball.fr)

Laurent Koscielny suffered a setback with an injury to his ankle on Sunday, according to reports in France.

Laurent Koscielny comes off injured (Photo via Ligue1.com)
Laurent Koscielny comes off injured (Photo via Ligue1.com)

Koscielny and Bordeaux were facing off against Saint-Etienne in their Ligue 1 clash over the weekend, but the Frenchman only lasted 24 minutes before an injury forced him off.

The former Gunner left the pitch in tears, and France Football initially claimed this was due to an injured Achilles tendon in the right leg. Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa denied this report, telling the media it was an ankle injury. Further press reports have clarified he ‘heard a crunch’ after being tackled.

“He took a hit on the right ankle,” Sousa said. “He felt pain in the joint.”

L’Equipe add that Koscielny will undergo further testing at the beginning of the week to identify the exact nature of the problem however RMC believe the injury to be less severe than first feared.

Given his injury problems in the past, Koscielny will be fearing another extended period of absence, which he can’t really afford at his age.

Bordeaux had made a solid start to the new season, sitting sixth in Ligue 1 and nine points behind the usual league leaders PSG. Koscielny’s debut initially inspired a six-game unbeaten run, but their form has dropped off a bit, with two defeats in their last three games.

We should have an update in the next few days on how long Koscielny’s new club will have to manage without him for.