Djourou hopes for swift return
Johan Djourou hopes to still play a part in Arsenal's title challenge despite a dislocated shoulder.
Last Updated: 17/03/11 8:44am
Johan Djourou is hoping he can still play a part in Arsenal's title challenge after suffering a dislocated shoulder last weekend.
The defender picked up the injury during Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United and was expected to miss the rest of the season.
However, the Swiss FA claimed the injury was not as bad as first feared, although the Gunners are yet to comment on whether Djourou will be back within the next two months.
Djourou is mindful of causing further damage to the injury, but is not giving up hope that he could feature again before the campaign is over.
"In my heart, I was initially hopeful because they said to me that I didn't have a rupture and nothing was broken so I was thinking: 'Brilliant, I can get back as quickly as possible'," Djourou told The Guardian.
"But then we come to reality. When you dislocate a shoulder, it takes a lot more time. The thing with shoulders is that if you don't operate and I played in a month, it could come out again.
"We'll just have to see how it settles over the next few days."
Weight on shoulders
Djourou's absence will be a blow to Arsenal's title hopes, but the centre-half remains convinced Arsene Wenger's side can win the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
He added: "I truly believe that we will be the champions. We are disappointed with our cup exits but the Premier League is still the main trophy, we are still on for it and we have to believe.
"I also think that people don't give us the credit we deserve. We get a lot of stick because we haven't won for a while and we just want to win to put an end to all that. To say, 'That's it, there it is'.
"It's true that there is a lot of weight on our shoulders. We always say we don't care about it but of course, when people say it to you all of the time, it gets in your head at some point.
"You are always thinking about it. It might be just a relief for the club and the players to win the title."