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Sokratis set for month-long lay-off

27th January 2019, 18:30 by Craig Smithson

Sokratis has handed Arsenal another defensive problem after being ruled out for a month because of an ankle injury.

Sokratis and fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny were injured in Friday's 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

While fears that Koscielny had broken his jaw in an accidental clash with Romelu Lukaku proved unfounded, the diagnosis on Sokratis will come as a significant blow with Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding already sidelined.

Manager Unai Emery had initially expressed optimism that Sokratis' injury was not serious after he was replaced 21 minutes into the fourth-round match having appeared to twist his ankle.

But a medical update on Sunday said the Greece defender was not expected to resume training until the end of February.

Koscielny's injuries, which amount to some bruising and soft tissue damage, are being assessed on a daily basis.

Earlier this week Arsenal announced Bellerin faces up to nine months out with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Holding is still on the road to recovery following surgery.

Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in training, while forward Danny Welbeck is recovering from surgery of his own.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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