MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Bacary Sagna of Arsenal looks dejected during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Sixth Round match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 12, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Bacary Sagna was forced out of Arsenal's match with Tottenham Hotspur in the second half thanks to what looked like an ankle injury. Now it appears it's even more severe than previously thought.
Things could be worse for Arsenal than a 2-1 reverse at White Hart Lane against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur might normally imply - they may well have lost right back Bacary Sagna for an extended period of time. With the score 1-1 in the second half, Sagna went up for a challenge with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and despite the contact appearing fairly harmless, the defender's landing was terrible and he immediately signalled that he needed to be pulled off the pitch, eventually leaving on a stretcher. We don't have the full story about the extent of the injury just yet, but Sagna is in hospital and Arsene Wenger is apparently rather worried about him:
With the performance Carl Jenkinson put in in Sagna's stead, it's not difficult to see why the Arsenal boss might be concerned. Jenkinson was repeatedly torched by Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and the winning goal, despite being eventually scored by right back Kyle Walker, came due to poor play on the Arsenal right.
Sagna's one of the club's most under-appreciated players, and with Arsenal already in disarray following injuries to all but one of their senior centre halves a long absence for the Frenchman is approximately the last thing Wenger will have wanted. You should check out SB Nation's Arsenal blog The Short Fuse for the latest updates on the defender's condition.