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Arsenal await news on Gibbs metatarsal injury

September 21, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsene Wenger fears that his fitness problems have deepened following a metatarsal inury to Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs.

Kieran Gibbs tussles with Steven Caulker
GettyImagesKieran Gibbs tussles with Steven Caulker

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Arsenal were forced to substitute the young defender after 102 minutes of Tuesday's 4-1 Carling Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur as Gibbs hobbled off the pitch.

Gibbs sustained a lengthy injury last season - depriving him of the chance to fight for a place in England's World Cup squad - and Wenger hopes a similar prognosis will be avoided.

"We have to check, that is the only disappointment of the night, because Gibbs had a very good game," Wenger said. "We hope we do not get bad news tomorrow morning [Wednesday].

"It is a metatarsal again, it is the one next to the one he had broken, the second one, so we hope we have good news tomorrow morning, because that would be a massive blow to us."

Arsenal have seen Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby, Thomas Vermaelen and captain Cesc Fabregas all suffer injury problems in recent weeks.