Koscielny, ‘Devastated’ as he’s out of France World Cup with Achilles injury

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (bottom) lies on the field during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal FC at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

LONDON- France defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup and faces six months out after having a succesfull surgery on an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Arsenal’s Europa League defeat at Atletico Madrid, his club manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.

The defender was withdrawn 12 minutes within the first half of the match, during the second leg against Atletico Madrid last Thursday. He lost his footing during the game as the team was kicked out of the tournament after a 1-0 loss in Madrid, Spain.

Wenger briefing the media ahead of the Premier league clash against Leicester city on Wednesday, said, “Koscielny is, of course, devastated because he had surgery,”

“He will miss the World Cup… you will not see him until December at best.

“We always try to be positive, but overall you can only try to support people when they suffer.

“What is unusual in his case is that he had a tendinopathy for a long time and usually it does not rupture but in this case it went.”

Koscienly, 31, has played for France 51 times and has made 25 league appearance for his club Arsenal this season. He was expected to be in French coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the June-July World Cup in Russia.

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