Nasri Suffers Broken Fibula, Out For Three Months

Ankush GulatiCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

Samir Nasri will not be starting Arsenal's 09/10 campaign.

He has just broken his left fibula in pre-season training in Austria. Considering how broken bones are usually impact injuries, a bad tackle during training was probably responsible for the injury. A few younger, inexperienced players from the reserve squad had joined up with the first team, and I sincerely hope the injury did not involve one of them.

This is awful, awful news. Nasri is probably the most versatile player in our young squad, able to operate anywhere across midfield, including defensive positions, as well as behind the strikers. A composed dribbler who can run with the ball, he was an important part of many good moves for Arsenal last season, and came in fourth  in Arsenal's player of the season poll.

According to, he'll take up to 3 months to recover.

Another negative consequence of the injury will be an added pressure on Arsenal to use Tomas Rosicky, who has not yet recovered 100% and is not yet ready to play 90 minutes of a Premier League match by any means.