Thursday, May 9, 2013

Arsenals' Podolski Likely To Miss US Tour

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will undergo corrective ankle surgery this summer to fix a long-standing
Since he was signed from Cologne at the end of last season, Podolski has played the full 90 minutes in just four games. The Germany international player has had problems throughout the season. Since January Podolski has had injections before matches to help mask the pain and make it through games, but the Arsenals want the injury to be cleared up before the beginning of next season.
"I have minor problems with my ankle, but I don't think I will need surgery," Podolski told Sky Sports in Germany on Monday.
Medical staff at the Emirates Stadium have advised Podolski to have surgery on his left ankle to fix the problem with his troublesome joint. With the surgery he would likely be out for Germany's first two summer friendlies against Ecuador and the United States on May 29th and June 2nd.
The former Koin striker was a regular for the north Londoners in the opening two-thirds of the season, but his ankle problem, along with a calf injury, kept him on the sidelines for more than two months. The 27 year old Podolski made an appearance on last Sunday against Manchester United in the absence of the suspended Olivier Giroud. He was substituted out. Podolski has 108 caps to his name and was pleased how his first season at Arsenal went. "We still have two games. If we win those we will be in Champions League next year," Podolski said.
Reference: Give Me Football and ESPN UK.
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