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Vermaelen absent for Asia tour

July 11, 2013
By ESPN staff
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen will miss the club's pre-season tour of Asia with a back injury.

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Vermaelen, 27, was not named in the 24-man squad that will travel for matches in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal also miss out due to their recent international commitments with Spain while Gervinho is absent through "sickness".

Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team ...

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