BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Johan Djourou of Arsenal reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 3-1. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Johan Djourou To Return To Full Training In 'About A Month'

The 24-year-old Swiss international will miss the significant time with an injury suffered Saturday at Old Trafford.

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Djourou's Return May Help, But Don't Count On It - The Short Fuse

Arsenal fans, it seems have had such a terrible month they find it difficult to recognise good news when it comes barrelling towards them. Or perhaps they're simply realists about how good Johan Djourou actually is (very good compared to Sebastian Squillaci is perhaps the dictionary definition of damning with faint praise). Djourou, of course, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 2-0 loss to Manchester United when he got tangled with right back Bacary Sagna, but rather than being ruled out for the season as first feared he will instead be back in training 'in about a month'.

At the Short Fuse, SB Nation's Arsenal blog, Ted Harwood writes that Djourou's accelerated return may help the Gunners in the crucial late-season clash against United, who currently lead the league by five points. However, he's not exactly expecting the Swiss centre half to lead them to victory:

[Expecting this news to matter] assumes quite a lot: 1) that Djourou won't have as torrid a time along with his teammates as they had against Manchester United in the FA Cup two weekends ago, when the Red Devils countered with excellent effect up the flanks; 2) that Arsenal and Manchester United will be within mathematical touching distance, which is possible, but in question; 3) that an alien scout ship does not decide to land on London Colney between now and May Day, subordinating the inhabitants of northwestern London to its will and, more pertinently, landing on top of Djourou and Robin van Persie, dislocating the former's other shoulder and spraining the latter's ankle.

I think even the most optimistic fan of the Gunners will concede the point there.

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Johan Djourou To Make Shoulder Injury Comeback This Year

When Switzerland and Arsenal defender Johan Djourou dislocated his shoulder in the dying stages of his side's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Manchester United, it looked like his season would probably be over. This, of course, had huge rammifications for Arsenal, who have been forced to deploy the erratic Sebastian Squillaci alongside Laurent Koscielny in the centre of their defence - a partnership that hasn't worked in the past and shows no indication of clicking in the present. So when the Swiss FA revealed that the injury may not have been quite as bad as first feared, there was a lot of hope around the Gunners camp that he'd be back before the very end of the year, that prognosis has now been confirmed by the club in a statement on their official website:

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has undergone exploratory surgery on his dislocated shoulder, sustained at Old Trafford in the recent FA Cup fixture against Manchester United.

The Club can confirm the positive news that there isn’t a need for reconstructive surgery and he will now begin a period of rehabilitation on the shoulder before returning to training in around a month.

That sounds like a very late April/early May comeback to me and although it might not be enough to save Arsenal's rapidly deteriorating season, having Djourou back at all this year has to be considered a huge boost for the club. There's life in the title race yet.

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Johan Djourou's Shoulder Injury 'Less Serious Than Feared'

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou's injury may not be as bad as previously feared according to the Swiss FA, in a statement seemingly at odds with Arsene Wenger's assessment that he'd lose Djourou for the remainder of the season following a dislocated shoulder incurred during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat in their FA Cup quarter final match against Manchester United last weekend. The statement, which comes via the BBC, claims that the injury is less serious than feared and that Djourou may return before the end of the season:

The shoulder injury to Johan Djourou is less serious than feared on Saturday and announced by the coach of his club.

The Arsenal defender and member of the Switzerland national team was submitted to thorough medical examinations on Monday.

At the end of a long exhausting day, Johan Djourou had new hope that his season is not over yet.

The centre back, who had established himself as part of Wenger's first-choice pairing alongside Laurent Koscielny, was involved in a collision with teammate Bacary Sagna as he attempted to clear the ball from danger and had his arm wrenched out of the socket after getting it caught around the right back's trailing leg. Shoulder dislocations aren't the same issue in football as they are for many other sports, but they're still highly painful and have lengthy recovery times. Djourou, however, may be back sooner than later - if true this is obviously fantastic news for Arsenal fans.

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Johan Djourou's Season Over After Arsenal Defender's Dislocated Shoulder Against Manchester United

Johan Djourou's season is over. The 24-year-old Arsenal defender suffered a dislocated shoulder late in Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United. After the match, manager Arsène Wenger confirmed the Swiss international will miss the remainder of the season:

Wenger also confirms that Johan Djourou's season is over after he dislocated his shoulderless than a minute ago via HootSuite

The injury came as Djourou was defending a cross from the right by Wayne Rooney. Javier Hernandez came from behind the play, attempting to get a foot onto the ball. The resulting collision left Djourou on hos back, right arm extended from his body, with Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia immediately signaling to the bench that the defender had suffered a shoulder injury.

After eight minutes on the pitch, Djourou was taken off the pitch, leaving Arsenal with 10 men. Going forward, Arsenal will now have to rely upon Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci in the middle, with Alex Song being next on the depth chart until Tomas Vermaelen can return.

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