Djourou set for surgery
Arsenal expect defender Johan Djourou to miss the rest of the season, despite suggestions to the contrary from Switzerland.
The Swiss FA yesterday posted a statement on their official website suggesting a more positive prognosis than Arsene Wenger's post-match comments after Djourou dislocated his shoulder in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United.
The Swiss FA went as far as to suggest the defender could feature in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on March 26, reporting Djourou "had new hope that his season is not over yet" as initial tests showed there were no fractures, while ligament damage was "not in a serious condition".
However, the 24-year-old is in fact expected to undergo corrective surgery later this week following further scans with Arsenal's medical team.
The confirmation of Djourou's absence is another blow as Wenger looks to salvage an ailing season.
After suffering Carling Cup final heartache at Wembley, the Gunners then crashed out of Europe in Barcelona before losing at Old Trafford as fighting on four fronts suddenly became just one.
Nevertheless, Arsenal still have the destiny of the Premier League crown in their own hands, just three points behind United but with a match in hand ahead and a crunch showdown with the Red Devils at home to come on May 1.