Premier League - Eboue out for up to eight weeks
Thu, 25 Nov 14:38:00 2010
Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue will be out for between four and eight weeks out with a knee ligament strain.
The midfielder was stretchered off after a challenge from behind during the Gunners' defeat to Sporting Braga during the week.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also faces two weeks without inspirational skipper Cesc Fabregas, and the Frenchman admits that both injuries represent a setback for his side.
"It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum," Wenger said.
"Fabregas will be assessed with a scan. After that, we can tell you how long he will be out, but I count two weeks.
"It is a big blow because it will question how cautious we have to be in the future with him."
Wenger admits that he will need to adopt a more conservative approach to Fabregas's next comeback from injury as a result of this latest experience.
"Cesc has played 50 games a year since a young age. We may have to be more cautious with him, especially in the next two months," he said.
Wenger also added that his squad is otherwise fit for the clash against Aston Villa this weekend.
"We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available," he said.
"Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts. Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes (in the reserves) and he did well.
"We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode."