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Laurent Koscielny out for six months after Achilles surgery

Koscielny out of World Cup for France after Achilles surgery.

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been sidelined for at least six months after surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon, says outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Koscielny, 32, was stretched off 12 minutes into Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg defeat by Atletico Madrid last Thursday.

He was initially ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign, but the latest update means he is unlikely to return before December. 

“You will not see him until December at best,” said Wenger.

“Koscielny is devastated.

“People have always inflamed tendons but they don’t rupture but in his case it went. I don’t know why.

“The recovery will be full because the advantage of surgery is that it heals the inflammation.”

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