Arsenal have moved to allay fears over Laurent Koscielny injury setback after limping out of the Gunners’ Checkatrade Trophy clash at Portsmouth on Tuesday night.
The 33-year-old centre-back has not played since May when an Achilles injury forced him to undergo surgery, wrecking his World Cup dream with France, who subsequently went on to lift the trophy in Russia.
As part of Koscielny rehabilitation, he played for Arsenal’s Under-21s against Pompey but failed to finish the game, pulling up and being replaced before the end.
But Gunners coach Freddie Ljungberg insists that Koscielny’s premature exit in the 2-1 defeat was due to cramp and not aggravating his Achilles.
On Wednesday, the club confirmed Koscielny had “come through the game without complications” and would be assessed ahead of Saturday’s home Premier League game against Huddersfield.
“Laurent Koscielny continued his rehabilitation on Tuesday with an appearance for our Under-21s in a Checkatrade Trophy game at Portsmouth,” the Arsenal statement read.
“We lost 2-1, but Laurent completed 85 minutes and has come through the game without complications.
“Laurent, who played 45 minutes for our Under-23s at Derby last week, will not be involved against Manchester United tonight.
“He will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium.”
Koscielny has yet to feature for new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, who will be looking to see his side extend their 19-match unbeaten run when they play at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.