Arsenal midfielder Ramsey suffers injury setback

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury, the Independent is reporting.

Ramsey has been out of action since Boxing Day, when he forced off after picking up the thigh problem during Arsenal’s 3-1 win away to West Ham United. Wenger was hopeful that the Welshman would be able to return for Sunday’s encounter with Crystal Palace, but now that seems highly unlikely.

Speaking after his side were held 2-2 by Southampton on Tuesday evening, Wenger said: “Aaron Ramsey is out for longer than we expected because he had a little setback in training yesterday (Monday). So I couldn’t bring him here.

‘It’s the same muscle he did a bit again so we have to be cautious this time. Hopefully he’s not out too long but he won’t be available for Sunday’s game (at home to Crystal Palace).”

The Arsenal injury and suspension list were added to further on the South coast, as Mathieu Flamini saw a straight red card in the second half for a two-footed challenge. He will now be banned for three games, though Wenger thought the decision was harsh, adding: “To me it looked harsh. He got the ball. At some stage you have all the feet off the ground, when you want to run you need to put your feet off the ground.

“If you say every time a guy who makes a two-footed tackle it is a red card, he deserves a red card. If you say, ‘Was it a violent tackle?’ I’d say no because he played the ball. But the referee made this decision and we have to cope with it.”

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