Koscielny reveals Nintendo remedy to WC pain

first_imgArsenal Koscielny reveals ‘television, crosswords and Nintendo’ to be remedy to ‘excruciating’ World Cup heartache Dom Farrell 20:54 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Laurent Koscielny Getty Images Arsenal France Atlético Madrid v Arsenal World Cup UEFA Europa League The Arsenal defender is on the mend after suffering an unfortunate Achilles injury which ruled him out of France’s bid for global glory in Russia. Laurent Koscielny was on course to play for France at World Cup 2018 until a ruptured Achilles tendon left him in agony, but the experienced defender already has a plan in place for coping with a period of enforced inactivity. The Arsenal centre-back suffered the injury during the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and is not expected to be back in action until November, when Unai Emery’s first campaign in charge will be well under way.Koscielny’s recovery is progressing but, in an interview with France Football, he laid bare the moment he knew his Russia 2018 dream had died. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I knew right away that my tendon had let go,” he said. “The pain was not usual, I felt a terrible break.”My first reaction was to say to myself, “It’s dead, my tendon has burst’. I screamed on the pitch… excruciating pain.”In terms of his rehabilitation programme, Koscielny acknowledged it is early days and his routine at the moment includes plenty of taking it easy.”My programme? Television, crosswords and Nintendo,” he said.”I am now wearing a boot, which allows me to walk on crutches.”In three months I hope to resume light jogging. In five months I could certainly retouch the ball.”last_img

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