Laurent Koscielny Injury: Updates on Arsenal Defender's Knee

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23:  Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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For Arsenal fans excited about the imminent return of players like Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna, there's bad news on the injury front: Defender Laurent Koscielny was injured in training with France on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 3:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Arsenal fans—Koscielny's is just fine. Julien Laurens of Le Parisien has ended the scare:

Good news for Arsenal and Koscielny. He is ok. It was a big scare but he is not in pain anymore and will start on Friday #afc #bleus

— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) October 10, 2012

You may now resume your regularly scheduled breathing. 

---End of Update---

Julien Laurens of Le Parisien has the news:

Bad news for Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny left France training session with a knee injury. Looks serious.He had to be carried out of the pitch

— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) October 10, 2012

"Carried off" might be a bit dramatic. As this photo shows, "helped off" might be a bit more appropriate.

One way or another, this isn't good for Arsenal.

The Gunners were looking like they were finally going to have a full squad with the return of Wilshere and Sagna, Tomas Rosicky a few weeks away from full training and players like Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Frimpong having already returned to action after long absences.

So much for the bill of good health in North London.

Koscielny has struggled at times this season, namely in Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Chelsea, but he is still a vital cog in Arsenal's defense. If this is a major injury, it will be a serious blow to Arsenal's title hopes.

The one silver lining in all of this, however, is that Per Mertesacker has played very well for the Gunners this season and the team should be just fine with he and Thomas Vermaelen as the team's central defenders. Mertesacker has been especially good against teams with dangerous aerial threats.

But for a team trying to overcome the rigors of a Premier League season while looking to advance far in the Champions League, this will seriously hurt the defensive depth.

And for the injury to have occurred while Koscielny was on international duty only increases the sting, given Wenger's previous conflict with French manager Didier Deschamps over his use of Diaby in two World Cup qualifiers after the midfielder had returned from injury.

Hopefully, Koscielny's injury isn't too serious and the defender will be back in action sooner rather than later. Be sure to keep it here as more news on the matter becomes available.

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