Mar 23, 2011

Johan Djourou out at least four weeks after surgery on dislocated shoulder

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23 Mar 2011 - 08:56:52

Defender Johan Djourou will start training again in as little as four weeks after Arsenal confirmed he does not need reconstructive surgery on his dislocated shoulder. The Switzerland international suffered the injury in the Gunners' FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United and there were fears initially he could miss the rest of the season. But after exploratory surgery the club announced he will be able to return sooner than expected. Flat out: Djourou was in obvious agony when he hit the deck during Arsenal's defeat at Old Trafford A statement on the club's website read: 'Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has undergone exploratory surgery on his dislocated shoulder, sustained at Old Trafford in the recent FA Cup fixture against Manchester United. 'The club can confirm the positive news that there isn't a need for reconstructive surgery and he will now begin a period of rehabilitation on the shoulder before returning to training in around a month.' Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could also be back in action for the climax of Arsenal's Premier League title bid. Szczesny is set for another scan on his injured hand at the start of April, which if all goes well could see the young Pole in contention for what is set to be a crunch showdown with Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on May 1. Pain in Spain: Gunners keeper Szczesny injured his hand against Barcelona in the Champions League The 20-year-old has had his finger placed in a protective splint since suffering the freak injury when saving a free-kick against Barcelona in their Champions League clash at the Nou Camp earlier this month. 'There is not a lot of joint damage, the tendon is ruptured, so basically I have to keep my finger in a splint for four weeks and let the tendon heal,' Szczesny told Arsenal TV Online. 'From then it will be a couple of weeks before I can be back in the squad. 'It is very hard, especially at a time when it was going well for me, but there is nothing you can do when it happens - you have to move on, work hard on your fitness and make sure you come back stronger than ever.' Szczesny's injury led to veteran Jens Lehmann making a shock return to his old club and it remains to be seen whether the German will be chosen ahead of Manuel Almunia for the Gunners' next game following the Spaniard's blunder against West Bromwich.  Arsenal rocked by fresh takeover fears at Usmanov increases stake in clubArsenal are in safe hands, insists Almunia - despite keeper's clangerFabregas returns to training to hand ailing Arsenal timely tonic in title raceWilshere warns Arsenal they must stop 'sloppy' showings to reel in UnitedAll the latest Arsenal news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Johan Djourou Places: Switzerland

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