Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky injured his thigh during Jan. 30's FA Cup clash against Burnley. He escaped the need for surgery, but the injury-plagued veteran faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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Rosicky Comments on Injury
Friday, Feb. 5
The Sun provided comments from Rosicky on the severity of his injury and the possibility of returning after his setback:
It’s something I still can’t believe actually happened even though it’s been a week. I was well prepared for the comeback and we didn’t underestimate anything. The fitness coaches did a good job to get me back on the pitch.
Unfortunately I have quite a significant thigh strain and I will be out for a while again. It’s very tough pill for me to swallow right now. I worked very hard for that moment and it was very quickly gone.
It was very hard for me to accept because you always say you can do better, or you can do this more better. I don’t know what more I could’ve done.
I have always come back from everything thrown at me and I will come back again. I will not give up and I will make it once more. I have to find the strength to make it, I will find it and I will be back again.
Wenger Provides Latest on Rosicky's Recovery Timeline
Friday, Feb. 5
"Rosicky's injury is quite a serious one. ... It is a partial rupture of his tendon. It could be 2-3 months," Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard.
Dream End Not to Be for Rosicky
Charlie Wyett of the Sun claimed on Feb. 4 Rosicky "will not play for Arsenal again" because the Czech Republic international has entered the final months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The 35-year-old's contract is poised to expire this summer. James Olley of the London Evening Standard reported in November the playmaker would not be offered an extension, and this injury will undoubtedly shorten his chances of receiving one even further.
Rosicky had groin surgery in the summer and was hoping to help Wenger for the title run-in, but that fairy tale appears to have been snatched away.
Wenger will look to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and new signing Mohamed Elneny to play key roles in central midfield, with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere also sidelined by injuries.
When fit, Rosicky is a class act, admired by not only his own fans but those outside of north London. Arsenal supporters will hope they haven't seen the last of him just yet.