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Robin out for most of the season

Robin out for most of the season

Arsene said he didn't like November because of the injuries it brought. The month only has hours left but the potential for bad news still hasn't been exhausted.

The club has issued a statement on it's official website announcing that further scans have revealed greater damage than was first diagnosed.

After a new scan and study in hospital, it was discovered that three of the four ligaments in his right ankle were ruptured in the friendly international game between Holland and Italy

Robin will undergo an operation to repair the ligaments in his ankle which will keep him out for 4 to 5 months. With a return potentially sometime in April losing such a player deals a blow to our ambitions for the season.

Clearly time was wasted through the misdiagnosis by the Dutch Association medical team and by Robin's pursuit of a magic cure before the Arsenal team were able to conduct a review of his treatment and injury.

RvP has expressed his own disappointment at the revelation.

"If I had known at the time what I know now, I would have been operated immediately," Robin says with his ankle in plaster. "We have all been steered in the wrong direction."

Things seemed to be going well for the player who had picked up player of the month awards just prior to his injury and confidence after protracted absence through injury in previous seasons was beginning to return:

"It is so frustrating to be out for months. I was having a super season with the team. I had never felt as strong and powerful as this year. Apart from, I think, two matches, I either scored or made goals in all the games we played this season.

"I was getting so strong, that I felt nobody could stop me anymore. That is the greatest feeling you can have as a player.

"It is such a pity that great run has been stopped for the time being by one kick in a friendly international match. It is a real shame for me, for the team and for the fans of Arsenal."

The team will have to adjust but there is no denying that this a setback.

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Date:Saturday November 28 2009
Time: 10:02AM


Surely we didnt let him fly to Serbia for treatment before we had properly checked out the extent of the injury? It would have made little difference to the recovery period but it seems p**s poor in terms of how we operate as a medical team. Bet the next game he plays is for Holland at the world cup.
28/11/2009 10:10:00
That seems to be the case. RvP returned to the club less than a week ago - after the diagnosis by the Dutch team - and his trip to Serbia!
28/11/2009 10:16:00
Its quite unbelievable he wasn't told to come straight back to Arsenal after the initial diagnosis.
28/11/2009 10:20:00
28/11/2009 10:23:00
Terrible news, probably means AW will look to sign a striker in the January transfer window. Chamakh led the line brilliantly against Juve in midweek, but his transfer fee will be pushed up now with Bordeaux knowing how dsperately we are in need of a striker. Best we can hope for is that Bendtner, Eduardo and Vela can step up their performances.
28/11/2009 10:28:00
It's an absolute hammer blow and one that probably stops any ambitions we had at a tilt at the title. Yu'd say the same if Rooney or Drogba or Torres were out for that time at their respective clubs. There needs to be a thorough review of how the medical staff conducts their business because it's not close to good enough. Lest we forget that the last time RvP was injured two seasons ago, the medical staff let him play again far too early on the basis that Robin, "had never had a muscle injury before, I still felt some pain but I thought, why not give it a try?" Amateur.
Little Dutch
28/11/2009 10:43:00
Maybe Gibbs played on tuesday a bit too soon?
28/11/2009 10:49:00
This isn't a failure by the Arsenal medical team, unless it was the failure to examine him themselves immediately after the injury. It seems they relied on the diagnosis from the Dutch doctors and that was the misdiagnosis. It was only this week that the Arsenal medical team got to take a look at him.
28/11/2009 10:52:00
As I understand it, the injury to Gibbs' foot on Tuesday was on his left foot, the one he picked up on international duty was his right foot.
Little Dutch
28/11/2009 10:53:00
That is incredibly amateur. They let the player himself decide upon his own treatment before they even bothered to look at him? It's a mistake they've made with RvP before and I'm flabbergasted that they've made it again. With all the will in the world, even I thought they'd looked at RvP's ankle and conducted their own tests before they let him chose his own treatment.
Little Dutch
28/11/2009 10:58:00
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