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Tomas Rosicky's Arsenal career looks to be over with injury ruling him out for three months

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Published 05/02/2016 | 10:03

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Fears that Tomas Rosicky might have played his last game for Arsenal look to have come true after Arsene Wenger confirmed the veteran midfielder is facing three months out with a partial tendon rupture in his thigh.

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Rosicky suffered the injury within minutes of coming off the bench for his only appearance of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win against Burnley.

While a precise return date is unknown, by the time Rosicky recovers from his current ailment other midfielders should also then be back from injury and it would seem highly unlikely that he would force his way back into the starting team.

Rosicky turns 36 this year and, while Wenger retains the highest regard for his technical qualities, the combination of his age and injury record makes him highly unlikely to be offered a new contract.

Speaking earlier this week Wenger explained that the latest injury had mystified club staff.

“Nobody understands,” said the manager. “I told him straight away after half-time to warm-up. I observed him, he's very conscientious, he did sprint and sprint and sprint. He warmed up well for 20 minutes. He comes on, after three minutes he got the injury. He said 'I stayed on because you couldn't change anymore'. He's devastated. It’s unbelievable.

“He's such a good player but his career has been disrupted by so many injuries. It's difficult for him. Let's hope we have good news, that it is not as bad as feared.”

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