Monday 19 February 2018

Concussion rules Flamini out of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Dortmund

Mathieu Flamini
Mathieu Flamini
Arsenal's Flamini (centre left) and Olivier Giroud (centre) during a training session at London Colney, St Albans, today

ARSENAL midfielder Mathieu Flamini will miss tomorrow’s Champions League game at home to Borussia Dortmund because of concussion.

The Frenchman came off midway through the first half of Saturday's 4-1 victory over Norwich City in the Premier League and he trained with the team day, raising expectations he might be back in time for the Group F match.

"Flamini is doing well, he has practised normally but we will not play him tomorrow," manager Arsene Wenger told a news conference on the eve of the encounter with last season's Champions League runners-up.

"There is a five-day rule which we will respect, not to take any chance. It was concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him."

Wenger said Flamini would be fit for the Premier League leaders' trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.


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