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Arsenal's Austria tour rocked by Samir Nasri injury blow

PUBLISHED: 16:51 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 07 September 2010

(FILES) -- A file photo taken on April 14, 2009 shows Arsenal's French player Samir Nasri in action during a training session at the Club's training facility in London Colney, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match against Villarreal Wednesday. Samir Nasri was injured on July 21, 2009 morning during training at the club's summer camp in Bad Waltersdorf, in southeastern Austria. Nasri, 22, was taken to hospital in nearby Hartberg for tests, the Austria Press Agency reported, without specifying the nature of the injury.          AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(FILES) -- A file photo taken on April 14, 2009 shows Arsenal's French player Samir Nasri in action during a training session at the Club's training facility in London Colney, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match against Villarreal Wednesday. Samir Nasri was injured on July 21, 2009 morning during training at the club's summer camp in Bad Waltersdorf, in southeastern Austria. Nasri, 22, was taken to hospital in nearby Hartberg for tests, the Austria Press Agency reported, without specifying the nature of the injury. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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ARSENAL S pre-season preparations were dealt a hammer blow on Tuesday when the club confirmed that midfielder Samir Nasri had broken his leg in training. The France international, 22, suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg and is likely to be out

ARSENAL'S pre-season preparations were dealt a hammer blow on Tuesday when the club confirmed that midfielder Samir Nasri had broken his leg in training.

The France international, 22, suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg and is likely to be out 'for two to three months' according to a club statement.

The exact details of how the injury came about have not been revealed, but given that Arsenal only arrived in Austria on Monday afternoon and Nasri was taking part in a gentle first session, the injury is a cruel blow to both player and club.

He is unlikely to return until October at the earliest, and is also set to miss France's crucial World Cup qualifying games in the autumn.

However, it would seem that Wenger has a ready-made replacement on the left flank in the fit-again Tomas Rosicky, while other options on the left side include the Mexican Carlos Vela and Kieran Gibbs, so impressive at left-back at the end of last season.

Nasri's injury overshadowed Arsenal's 7-1 win over SC Columbia on Tuesday night which saw many of the first team regulars return to action for the first time.

Arsenal fell behind against the Austrian fourth division side, and it was to a freakish goal when Manuel Almunia's clearance cannoned back into the net off Patrick Lehner.

That stirred Arsenal into action and Nicklas Bendtner hit the equaliser and then grabbed a second after Aaron Ramsey had made it 2-1.

As at Barnet on Saturday, Arsene Wenger shuffled his squad at half-time, and Robin van Persie soon scored from the penalty spot to make it 4-1, before a late flurry of goals saw Van Persie and Ramsey both grab their second of the night, and former captain William Gallas headed home a Bacary Sagna cross.


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