Arsenal skipper Vermaelen carrying ankle injury

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is carrying an ankle injury.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is carrying an ankle injury.

The Daily Mail says Vermaelen has had an anti-inflammatory injection in the hope of avoiding ankle surgery. It is Vermaelen's second ankle injection this season.

He missed Saturday's 1-0 win at Sunderland, but will return to light training this week.

Vermaelen is now facing a race against time to be fit enough for the Champions League second-round clash with Bayern Munich on February 19.

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