Sead Kolasinac was on the end of a red-card challenge to pick up an injury in his World Cup qualifier with Bosnia against France on Wednesday.
Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac started for Bosnia & Herzegovina against France on Wednesday night, but early in the second half he was forced off with an injury.
As he went to clear a ball next to the corner flag, France’s Jules Kounde came flying in for no apparent reason and scythed Kolasinac down. It was a terrible tackle with very little upside even if he’d won the ball, which he didn’t. The referee showed Kounde a red after a VAR review.
Sadly, Kolasinac was unable to continue the game, and his national manager Ivaylo Petev admitted afterwards: “I talked to him, he doesn’t look very well.”
Dr. Rajbal Brar wrote on Twitter that with Kolasinac’s left ankle or foot getting caught under the challenge and twisting inwards, there’s a risk of a sprain of the outer ligaments and a potential fibular fracture. But with the fact he walked off the pitch, a fracture is less likely.
At the very least, it’s probably safe to assume Kolasinac is out for a couple of weeks, effectively killing any faint remaining hopes he might move to Turkey (where the transfer window is still open).
On top of that, it looks like he’s not going to be available for Arsenal when domestic football returns either. We wish him well and hope for good news from the resulting medical evaluations.