European Football

Koscielny ruled out of World Cup with Achilles injury

Laurent Koscielny will miss the rest of Arsenal’s season and this summer’s World Cup finals after suffering an Achilles injury on Thursday night.

The centre-back lost his footing off the ball in the 12th minute of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid and, after receiving lengthy treatment on the Wanda Metropolitano pitch, he was stretchered off and replaced by Calum Chambers.

Koscielny was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and with a protective boot on, with Arsene Wenger later admitting the France international may have suffered a serious Achilles injury.

And after returning to London and undergoing a scan on Friday, the French Football Federation (FFF) have now confirmed that Koscielny will miss the club’s final games this season against Burnley, Leicester and Huddersfield – as well as the World Cup in Russia this summer.

In a statement released on the FFF’s website, France coach Didier Deschamps said: “It’s a very big blow for the France team.

“Laurent was present at the World Cup in Brazil and at the Euros. Although not very expansive, he is an exemplary player, very much appreciated by the group.”

Arsenal are still assessing Koscielny and have not put an exact timeframe on the defender’s recovery from the injury.

Koscielny will miss the World Cup finals in Russia where France take on Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stages.

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