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Arsenal midfielder out injured for up to nine months

PUBLISHED: 16:37 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:39 19 August 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Emmanuel Frimpong of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and AC Milan at Emirates Stadium on July 31, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Emmanuel Frimpong of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and AC Milan at Emirates Stadium on July 31, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Young star injures knee

ARSENAL midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is facing a season on the sidelines after injuring his knee in training.

Emmanuel, 18, figured heavily in pre-season and has been tipped for great things following dynamic displays in the Emirates Cup and other friendlies.

The powerful midfielder injured his cruciate knee ligaments this week and is expected to be out for six to nine months.

He follows Samir Nasri, who has undergone surgery for his own knee problem, into the list of Arsenal crocks.

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, manager, said: “Samir’s injury is a blow for us and a blow for France as well. He was continuing his natural progression and had a very good pre-season.

“But we have had another blow with Emmanuel Frimpong. He has done his cruciate in training.

“That is a massive blow. A cartilage is three to four weeks but a cruciate like that one Frimpong did yesterday is six to nine months.

“I rate him highly and I still have a lot of faith in him but we will miss him for six to nine months.”


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