Arsenal lose Clichy for two months

Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy is facing two months on the sidelines.

Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy is facing two months on the sidelines.

The French left-back, 24, is suffering from a stress fracture of his lower back. He will be replaced by Kieran Gibbs for the visit of AZ Alkmaar tonight.

Boss Arsene Wenger said: "It is a big blow. Gael had a problem last season but on the other side of his vertebrae.

"It is a gradual thing. He could play pain-free but it got worse after games.

"We had a scan on Monday and saw he had a fracture. It will be between one month and two months."

It is a massive setback for the Gunners, coming just 24 hours after striker Nicklas Bendtner was ruled out for a month with a groin problem.

Have your say