Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed the nature of injury that kept Laurent Koscielny out of the club’s FA CUp clash against Blackpool on Saturday.
Koscielny was named in the starting XI to face Blackpool but he was withdraw from the squad minutes to the game and Carl Jenkison was called up in his stead, with injury-returning Emil Smith-Rowe making the bench.
After the game, questions were raised as to why the defender was dropped and Emery responded>
“Yes [it’s a back problem],” Emery said. “I hope it’s not bad. He has one week to rest and to work, thinking about the next match against West Ham. I hope he’s going to be OK for the next matches but before the match, he felt some pain in his back. We decided it was better for him to not play.”
Apparently, there is nothing serious. The decision to drop the ex-France international is looks more precautious than anything else.
The squad of Unai Emery has been stretched to limits and the Spanish manager must manage the fitness and health of his players.
Koscielny made similar decision when he was called to play against Burnley last month. Hopefully, he will be fit enough to play the upcoming games on the Gunners.