The 27-year-old, who injured his ankle, will miss his club FC arsenal "for sure in the next month," gunners coach arsene wenger said in milan. The channel "sky sport news HD" reported that mertesacker will have to undergo surgery and, according to national team doctor hans-wilhelm muller-wohlfahrt, will have to take a break of about six weeks. The former werder professional is already the fourth absentee for national coach joachim low after lukas podolski, mario gotze and bastian schweinsteiger.
According to wenger, the central defender was in germany on monday for treatment – according to information from the "kicker" he sought out muller-wohlfahrt. "And the receptions didn’t look too positive," wenger said. An exact diagnosis of the bander injury is still pending. On wednesday, the english fourth in the table will face AC milan in the eighth final of the champions league.
Mertesacker was injured on saturday during arsenal’s 2-1 win at AFC sunderland in the premier league without the intervention of an opponent. On monday, he posted a photo of his bloodshot right bone on facebook and captioned it "what a bummer"!" commented.
Despite the absence of the four stars, national coach low does not have to worry about the final round of the european championships at this point in time. The bundesliga season does not end until 5. May. Until then, the quartet will have plenty of time to heal their wounds. Gotze is absent due to an overload and a stress reaction of the pubic bone, podolski has suffered a partial tear of the retaining ligament in the left fub. Schweinsteiger suffered a torn anterior aubenband in his right ankle in the DFB cup last week.