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Wenger confirms Kallstrom injury

2 February 2014 19:15

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that new signing Kim Kallstrom faces at least four weeks out with a back injury.

The Sweden international made a loan switch to the Emirates Stadium from Russian outfit Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day, moving to London until the end of the season.

Rumours surfaced that the 31-year-old had injured himself in his first training session with Arsenal.

Yet Wenger confirmed Kallstrom sustained a "micro fracture" in his back shortly before making the move, which Arsenal discovered in the player's medical.

A decision was made to complete the deal anyway.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger said: "It's quite simple; we have to establish the real truth.

"He arrived here and landed on his back two days before.

"It's difficult to get a player of that stature. We did a scan of his back and found he had a micro fracture. Spartak agreed to share the medical costs and I had a decision to make, take nobody or Kallstrom."

Asked when Kallstrom would be ready to feature for the first-team, Wenger replied: "I think the earliest is the end of February, latest mid-March."

Wenger witnessed his side move back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's double secured a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

And the Frenchman was thrilled to prevail against a stubborn Palace side.

"It was a difficult game," he continued. "We played a well-organised team who are physically very strong.

"We needed to be intelligent and take our chances."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
2 February 2014
Game week
24
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
60005

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1 - 0
2 - 0

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