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Shkodran Mustafi out for at least four weeks, Koscielny faces fitness test

Shkodran Mustafi out for at least four weeks, Koscielny faces fitness test
From ESPN - October 12, 2017

LONDON -- Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out until the next international break, while Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's game at Watford.

Arsenal could face a defensive crisis if Koscielny is unable to play at Watford as it would leave Arsene Wenger without his two top centre-backs.

Mustafi suffered a muscle tear in his thigh while playing for Germany during the recent international break and Wenger said he will be out for at least four weeks.

"I do not think he will be available before the next international break [in November]," Wenger said.

Koscielny, meanwhile, is still struggling with a flare-up of his chronic Achilles problem but could play on Saturday if he comes through a fitness test on Friday.

"Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow. At the moment, he's not available," Wenger said. "He trained on his own and the first signs are positive, so we decided to give him a test tomorrow."

If Koscielny cannot play, Wenger could stick with a back three by playing Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding together with Nacho Monreal -- or he might be tempted to revert to a four-man defence.

The Arsenal boss said that the injuries could force him to make some tough decisions.

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