Arsenal have been handed another injury boost on the other side ahead of the big Champions League trip to Bayern Munich in February.
The Gunners are preparing to face the German champions yet again this season as they look to end a run of almost seven years without surviving the round of 16 stage of the competition.
After receiving the news of key centre-back Jerome Boateng being ruled out of the first leg next month, Bayern are now sweating over the fitness of Arturo Vidal as well.
The Chile international has admitted that he is struggling to recover from a rib problem he suffered during last Friday’s affair with Freiburg.
“I feel bad and have severe pain on the rib. Now I will have to pause, because I cannot play,” Vidal was quoted as saying by the Mirror
“I already missed training for a week, but now it should take at least two or three weeks.
“[I will see] how I feel for the last 16 in the Champions League.”
Should Vidal take that long to return to action, he might not be available for the Champions League match on February 15.