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 Could Miss 3 Months With Broken Leg

Bacary Sagna was forced out of Arsenal's match with Tottenham Hotspur in the second half with what looked like an ankle injury. Now reports are circulating that the right back broke his fibula and could be out for months.

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Arsenal Confirm Bacary Sagna Has Suffered Fractured Fibula

Arsenal have confirmed that right back Bacary Sagna's injury sustained during the team's match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane is indeed a broken leg could force the defender out for as long as three months:

The Club can confirm that Bacary Sagna sustained a fracture to the fibula in his right leg during the match against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

Further detailed investigations and assessments will take place on Monday, during which time Bacary will see ankle specialists and the Arsenal medical team regarding the further management of his injury.

It is expected that Bacary will be out for approximately three months and a surgical procedure cannot be ruled out at this stage.

There was some faint hope that the reports from France that Sagna had a fracture weren't true, but now that Arsenal have confirmed them things are looking grim indeed. Fortunately for Sagna and the Gunners, this doesn't sound like ligament damage - the recovery time quoted is pretty low for this sort of injury and the fact that surgery may be necessary rather than clearly being necessary is encouraging.

That's not to say that this isn't terrible news anyway - Arsenal are in enough trouble with injuries already, and really didn't need to add this one to their woes. Rough weekend for Gunners fans, but make sure you keep up with everything Arsenal by checking out The Short Fuse.


Bacary Sagna Injury Turns Out To Be Broken Leg; Arsenal Defender Out Long-Term

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was apparently right to be very worried about the injury sustained by right back Bacary Sagna during his team's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday - reports are circulating that what seemed like an ankle problem is actually a broken fibula:

French Football Federation say Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could be out for three months after suffering broken leg.
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That, obviously, is terrible news. It's even worse considering that the contact on the play was basically entirely innocuous - Sagna and Benoit Assou-Ekotto came together in the air for a 50-50 ball, with Sagan arriving a little late and both landing awkwardly. While Assou-Ekotto scampered away, Sagna obviously wasn't nearly so lucky, and Arsenal are going to have to do without one of their most consistent performances for what sounds like a very long time.

The Gunners don't appear to have much option but to use Carl Jenkinson at right back, but considering how poorly he's been playing during his cameos in the league, that's not a particularly palatable choice. With Sagna out long term and the transfer window not opening up again until January, the next few months are going to be sink or swim time for the 19-year-old.


Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Arsenal, 2011 Premier League: Bacary Sagna Stretchered Off With Ankle Injury

Oof, that's rough for Bacary Sagna. He goes up for a 50-50 ball with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and is knocked off the grass, landing awkwardly on a rather unforgiving part of White Hart Lane and looking as though he's hurt his ankle rather badly. Stretchers and medical staff are out to greet the stricken Arsenal right back, and considering how Sagna's reacting one would have to suspect that that's quite a bad injury. Carl Jenkinson comes in, which makes Arsenal's back line look even more makeshift than usual, and Sagna is stretchered off.

Anyway, the game's been going on while medics were treating Sagna. Not much has happened - Rafael van der Vaart's wasted a free kick, Sandro has come on to replace him, and there have been quarter-chances here and there. Luka Modric is now playing on the right wing, which is slightly bizarre, but hey. Whatever works, I suppose. Arsenal's pressure after their goal has really eased up, and it's still 1-1 here. Yossi Benayoun is about to come on for the visitors, replacing Theo Walcott. who has been poor.

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