Arsenal Under-21 boss Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that Laurent Koscielny was simply struggling with cramp throughout the side’s 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Koscielny hobbled off the field with with only 5 minutes remaining at Fratton Park and alarm bells had been promptly elevated, thinking about the Frenchman was earning only second look right after he ruptured his Achilles back in Could.
The 33-year-outdated defender was making use of the match to get a lot more minutes underneath belt adhering to a 45-minute appearance for the U23s compared to Derby County previous thirty day period.
Nathan Tomey replaced Koscielny for the remainder of the recreation as Portsmouth held on for the win and progressed into the knockout stages of the competitiveness.
Requested about Koscielny’s conditioning just after the defeat, Ljungberg instructed the Islington Gazette: ‘It was a bit sad [because] he signaled to me just before their intention that he experienced cramp.
‘I informed him to go down, he wasn’t wounded. It was just cramp, but sad to say he couldn’t move.
‘We recognized that he was not nervous at all, it was just some cramp.’
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Emery uncovered that club captain Koscielny gave an inspirational pitch before Arsenal’s 4-2 victory around Tottenham in the north London derby at the weekend.
‘Every participant is like me, when it is a derby we have to have the other gamers to give us his expertise and character,’ Emery mentioned following the gain.
‘For instance, our conference today finished with a speech from Laurent Koscielny, for a single moment, which gave us the will to acquire.
‘A end result like nowadays and how we are taking part in is great for our self esteem. Now we approach for 3 points at Manchester United on Wednesday.’