Chambers ready as Debuchy faces six weeks out

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that defender Mathieu Debuchy will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks, reports BBC Sport.

The French international injured his ankle ten minutes from the end of the Premier League match against Manchester City, to the extent that he was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

It is now thought that he will miss at least six weeks of action, which could become a lay-off of up to three months should a more serious surgical intervention be required.

The extent of the injury should be confirmed by an exploratory operation, scheduled to take place today. “He has an exploration of his ankle on Friday night. They go in and look how the ligament is damaged,” Wenger confirmed.

Debuchy had been an ever-present for the Gunners up until the City game, although was facing a Champions League suspension having been sent off in Arsenal’s opening group stage victory over Besiktas.

Debuchy, who played all but one of France’s 2014 World Cup matches, joined Arsenal from Newcastle United this summer for a fee thought to be around £12 million. His place will likely be filled by another new arrival, 19-year-old Calum Chambers, who moved to north London recently from Southampton for around £16 million.

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