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By RYAN TOLMICH
After starting their 2014-15 campaign crippled by a laundry list of injuries, Arsenal can now count midfielder Mesut Ozil among the club’s wounded.
The German Football Association announced Wednesday that Ozil is set to miss 10-12 weeks due to a partial lateral collateral ligament tear in his left knee. Ozil, who has made seven appearances for Arsenal this season, previously complained of discomfort in his knee following Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
Ozil will now join Arsenal’s lengthy injury list, which already includes Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mike Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy.
In addition to missing time on the club level, Ozil will miss Germany’s final four international fixtures of the season, which include Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland, the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar, as well as a friendly match against Spain.
Here are some more of Wednesday afternoon’s news and notes:
CONCACAF PRESIDENT WEBB BELIEVES RACISM REMAINS A PROBLEM IN ENGLAND
Just days after discussions regarding the possibility of adopting the NFL’s Rooney Rule, CONCACAF president Jeffery Webb revealed his belief that racism is “right in front of your face” when it comes to the English game.
Webb, who also serves as head of FIFA’s anti-racism task force, stated that he agrees with the idea of adopting a Rooney Rule, which would force clubs into considering minority candidates for coaching positions. Webb went on to say that racism in England is a problem that is not discussed enough.
“I don’t know how it could be hidden,” Webb said. “You have 92 clubs, you have two coaches of color. How many board members or executives are in various club positions or at the FA, in UEFA? So, it’s not hidden. It’s hidden from a discussion standpoint. No one wants to deal with it. No one wants to deal with it from a commercial standpoint.
“In this day and time, in this era, in this century, should we really be having to mandate opportunities for qualified individuals?” Webb continued. “Sadly, the answer is yes.”
SWEDISH DOCTOR BAFFLED BY ZLATAN INJURY
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left many viewers stunned throughout his time as a professional, but this time, the Swedish star has even found a way to baffle his team doctor.
Sweden team doctor Leif Sward revealed Wednesday that he could not find the reason behind the injury woes that have caused the forward to miss PSG’s last four games.
“We have carried out medical examinations, and the injury is inexplicable,” Sward said. “There are no major signs of inflammation, but he feels pain. We don’t want the injury to get worse, an Achilles tendon can snap. Zlatan is getting better and better, but he won’t play with a painkilling injection.”
A decision on Ibrahimovic’s status for Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia will be made shortly before game time.
CABAYE FRUSTRATED BY ROLE AS SUBSTITUTE
Resigned to a role as a substitute, Paris Saint-Germain’s Yohan Cabaye is becoming frustrated with his current status.
The midfielder, who moved to the Parisian club in January, has played just 302 minutes for PSG this season and is begining to become frustrated with his lack of first-team minutes.
“Am I completely happy? To be honest, no,” Cabaye said. “It is a new situation for me, but I don’t complain. It is the first time I haven’t played regularly for my club. With the French team, if one day the national team coach decides to play me less because I don’t play often enough for my club, then I would need to take stock with my representatives.
“Do I sometimes miss England? Yes. Sometimes I think about it, but I immediately sweep that away because it would cause distraction. I am at the Parc des Princes, and I need to find the right atmosphere.”
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