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Published: 09:58 | 4/3/16

Four weeks out for Cech


Arsenal's Premier League title hopes have been dealt a blow with the news that goalkeeper Petr Cech faces up to four weeks out.

Cech was injured in the latter stages of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Wednesday night as he raced back to towards his own penalty area after coming up for a corner.

Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the goalkeeper has a "serious calf injury" and will be out for three to four weeks. He will miss this weekend's north London derby against Tottenham as well as the Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona.

"It’s a serious calf injury. He [Cech] had a groin alert and maybe compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury," Wenger explained at his pre-match press conference.

"The problem we had to decide was before the game, but he declared himself 100 per cent fit. You have to trust the player - he’s 33 years old and a professional.

"You want the players to be tough enough sometimes to play with little pains because players are never perfect in March."

Arsenal will also be without defender Laurent Koscielny for the trip to White Hart Lane, but he could be available for Tuesday's FA Cup fifth round replay against Hull.

"Koscielny is a small injury but he’s out for tomorrow, maybe Tuesday [against Hull City]. It’s a grade one [injury] so it’s a very short one. I don’t think he will be available on Tuesday but next Saturday he will be alright,” Wenger added.

David Ospina will take over from Cech in goal and Wenger has no concerns about the Colombian deputising.

“I have complete confidence in Ospina, I don’t worry about that,” he said.

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