Laurent Koscielnys World Cup hopes in jeopardy after horrific injury in Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

Laurent Koscielny's World Cup hopes in jeopardy after horrific injury vs Atletico Madrid
The Gunners skipper looked in severe pain as he was taken off (Picture: AFP)

Laurent Koscielnys World Cup dream could be in tatters after he was stretchered off with a horrific-looking injury in Arsenals Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid.

The Frenchman had been tussling with Diego Costa throughout the opening exchanges of Thursday nights match in Madrid, though hit the turf entirely of his own volition off the ball.

Koscielnys ankle – he has been nursing an Achilles problem for almost two years – appeared to give way, with his entire leg buckling beneath him, and he immediately dropped to the floor in clear discomfort.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9658154v) Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal is surrounded by team mates and appears in pain after going down injured. Atletico Madrid v Arsenal, UEFA Europa League, Semi-Final, Second Leg, Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - 3 May 2018
Koscielny went down off the ball, with his leg giving way beneath him (Picture: Rex)

Costa beckoned for his teammates to put the ball out of play and waved for the medical team to run onto the pitch.

Koscielny was slamming the pitch in agony and looked utterly distraught, before finally being taken off the pitch on a stretcher after several minutes of treatment.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (bottom) lies on the field as Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann looks at him during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal FC. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
International teammate Antoine Griezmann tried to console Koscielny (Picture: AFP)

Arsene Wenger could see that Koscielnys night was over and called on Calum Chambers to replace the skipper.


The scenes were reminiscent of former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains injury picked up for Liverpool against Roma in the first leg at Anfield.

That ligament injury has ruled Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the World Cup and there will be serious concerns that not only is Koscielnys season over, but his hopes of going to Russia this summer too.

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