Arsenal’s injury woes continues as news came out today that midfielder Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for up to two months after undergoing knee surgery.
The team is also without Jack Wilshere, who got injured at practice before the Community Shield game against Chelsea, and Danny Welbeck who’s also suffering from a knee injury.
Rosicky, 34, has always been injury prone, and the latest injury occurred while he was on international duty with the Czech Republic in mid June. Goal.com reports that the technical midfielder will miss the upcoming European Qualifiers against Kazahkstan and Latvia in early September in addition to the start of the Premier League.
Rosicky’s agent Pavel Paska told iDNES.cz: “Tomas last Tuesday passed arthroscopic knee surgery. The recovery period is estimated at four to eight weeks.”
There’s also some uncertainty if he’ll be able to be back in time for the two last qualifying games against Turkey and the Netherlands in October.
Miroslav Pelta, head of the Czech soccer federation told AP Wednesday that “we have information from Arsenal that everything is getting better but time is against us.”
The Czechs are second Group A on 13 points, two behind leaders Iceland and three ahead of third-placed Netherlands. Rosicky has been getting sparse playing time for Arsenal, but he’s always been a mainstay in the Czech national team and has 22 goals in 100 caps for his country. He has represented the Czech on three European Championship tournaments (2000, 2004, 2012) and one World Cup tournament (2006).
Arsenal triggered a clause in his contract earlier in the year that extended his deal to 2016.