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Koscielny admits first team return was ‘rushed’ after Achilles injury

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Laurent Koscielny says his return from injury was rushed

Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has admitted that his return from the long-term Achilles injury to the first-team was a bit ‘rushed’ due to a sudden injury crisis at the back.

Koscielny ruptured his Achilles tendon back in May but injuries to Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi forced him to return ahead of schedule.

The 33-year-old came under criticism for his lacklustre performance at the back in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat against Southampton last month but the Frenchman believes that things are slowly getting better for him.

“Everything is going very well,” he told RMC. “I do not have any pain which is very encouraging.

“My return was a bit rushed due to injuries, so physically things were hard, but overall I feel good.

“It’s a little harder to tie up every three days, I’m trying to be careful not to hurt myself and be out for weeks.

“I am gradually resuming possession of all my means and confidence,” the Frenchman added. “My pace is slowly coming back.

“Wishes for me? I will say good health! 2018 has been a bit more complicated for me so good health.”

Arsenal travel to Blackburn in the FA Cup on Saturday, before returning to Premier League action against West Ham on January 12.

 

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