Arsene Wenger rules out Laurent Koscielny’s World Cup hopes after defender suffers serious achilles injury

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny receives medical attention during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Se

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny receives medical attention during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny was stretchered off the Estadio Metropolitano pitch in agony on Thursday night during the club’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny receives medical attention during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Se

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny receives medical attention during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The 32-year-old was in obvious pain after he was believed to have ruptured his achilles in a sight which was as distressing to everyone connected with the club.

Speaking after the match departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not hopeful.

He said: “It doesn’t look very good. You can always hope for a miracle in the scan that he will have but the first signs don’t look very good.

“You will know that more soon. It looks like it could be that. I’m a bit cautious [about confirming that] because nobody could say that without looking at it clinically.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny as he is stretchered off (pic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny as he is stretchered off (pic Adam Davy/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images


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Wenger also ruled out Koscielny appearing at this summers World Cup in Russia.

International team-mate and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann looked close to tears after the injury to his French colleague while Wenger added Koscielny’s World Cup chances depend on a forthcoming scan. He said: “If he has a ruptured achilles his chances are non-existent. We will know more after the scan.”

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