Ok, seriously, this is getting ridiculous.
Yet another Arsenal attacking midfielder went down in international duty as Tomas Rosicky picked up a calf injury and was unable to play for Czech Republic in their 4-2 win over Kazakhstan on Monday.
It’s unsure how bad the injury is, but Rosicky didn’t help with his postmatch quotes on the situation.
“I couldn’t do any sharp movements, I couldn’t sprint,” Rosicky said. “If I tried to play at one tempo, I wouldn’t make any difference for the team. I’ll come back to London and we’ll see. The doctor said I have something swollen between the muscles.”
The Gunners get Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott back this week to training after months on the sidelines, but the list of players still in the training room is gigantic.
Aside from the recent loss of Mesut Ozil for a few months, Arsenal remain without Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby.
At 34 years old, Rosicky has seen increased time on the bench not just for injury but as a fringe player as well, but that didn’t stop him from signing a new contract with the Gunners last year. He has made just six appearances this season in all competitions, with only one of those a start.
He suffered this new injury against Turkey in the Czech Republic’s Friday match, a 2-1 win. The Czechs are joint-top of their group with Iceland, owning three wins in three so far in Euro 2016 qualification.