Unai Emery does not expect Laurent Koscielny’s latest fitness setback to be a major issue but knows Arsenal must use their captain wisely.
Koscielny pulled up during the warm-up before the Gunners’ 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, suffering from an apparent back complaint.
The former France centre-back missed his country’s World Cup triumph due to a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid in May and only returned to action this month.
“With Laurent we need to be calm with some moments in the training sessions because we are pushing him to play a lot of matches after his big injury,” the Gunners boss told BBC Match of the Day.
“So maybe he needs some time not playing, but we had another player with big commitment to play in a different position today, Stephan Lichtsteiner.
“Laurent said he could not play the match but now we have one week to rest before the next game [away to West Ham in the Premier League] and hopefully he will be okay.”