Laurent Koscielny Injury: Updates on Arsenal Star's Leg and Return

Matt JonesFeatured Columnist

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates Stadium on November 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal's premier centre-back, Laurent Koscielny, was brought off at half-time in Feb. 14's game against Leicester City because of a dead leg. However, he is now ready for competitive action.

Continue for updates.

Koscielny Returns vs. Hull City

Saturday, Feb. 20

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named the French defender in his starting lineup for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Hull City.

Koscielny Withdrawn from Foxes Clash

Sunday, Feb. 14

News of Koscielny's injury was revealed by the club, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard. The Frenchman was replaced by Calum Chambers.

Wenger Reliant on Koscielny

As one of the most complete central defenders in European football, Koscielny's absence is always a huge loss for the Gunners.

His partnership with Per Mertesacker gives this team a solid foundation, but it's the rounded abilities of Koscielny that enable it to flourish as his dynamism, reading of the game and aerial strength so often bail the Gunners out of trouble at the back. He's also capable of chipping in with a few goals.

For Wenger, Koscielny is one of few players in his team who is almost irreplaceable. Gabriel Paulista has impressed in bursts, but he is still a little rough around the edges. Meanwhile, Chambers has yet to completely convince during his time as an Arsenal player to this point.

The north London side have endured a plethora of injuries to key men this season. As they gear up for a vital run of fixtures, few would be missed quite as much as Koscielny. His return can only be seen as a huge boost for the club.