Vermaelen scare for Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Thomas Vermaelen's latest injury is not a serious problem, but the defender will not face Chelsea.
Last Updated: 26/10/11 12:41pm
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Thomas Vermaelen's latest injury is not a serious problem, but the defender will not be involved in Saturday lunchtime's derby at Chelsea.
The Belgium centre-back returned from a two-month lay-off to captain the Gunners in Tuesday night's 2-1 Carling Cup fourth-round win over Bolton at Emirates Stadium.
But Vermaelen, who has been plagued by Achilles and ankle problems, was forced off in the 84th minute of the victory amid concerns he had suffered some form of setback in his return.
Wenger, however, is optimistic a tight calf will not cause his star defender too many problems, although the meeting with Chelsea will come too soon for a return in the Premier League.
Arsenal's manager told his club's official website regarding Vermaelen: "He did very well. He had to come off for a calf problem, but I hope it's not too bad.
"He will be a bit short for Saturday, I don't know yet what I will do. We have to test him tomorrow, but it doesn't look too bad.
"He has been out for a long time, he had only one training session yesterday (Monday) with the team. I didn't really expect a game of that intensity, it was a tough one for a centre-back.
"They put us under pressure in the second half and the intensity of the game was very high.
"We don't think it is a calf strain, it is just tight calves. He has not played a proper game for two months. He wanted to come off.
"In fairness, I did not want to take him off because I thought it was too stupid now with four minutes to go to concede a goal. He was adamant he couldn't go on so I hope it's not too bad."