no pain , clichy fine  

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Gael Clichy, who picked up a nasty head injury during the North London derby, is hopeful he will be back in training on Thursday.

The left back’s face was covered in blood three minutes before the end of the game with Tottenham following a violent clash on Sunday, and Clichy was immediately replaced by Kieran Gibbs.

As a consequence of the injury, the France international is not available for the exciting friendly with Argentina, with St Etienne defender Mouhamadou Dabo called up for the first time.

Clichy has declared that his injury remains painful, but he hopes he will be told by Arsenal’s doctors that he can resume training on Thursday.

Clichy told L’Equipe: "I really can't remember what happened. The injury is quite deep. I feel pain when I wake up.

"However, the doctor has no worries. I will have a scan on Tuesday.

"I have been advised against any travelling, and I spoke with Les Bleus’ doctor. There are no problems.

"Now I hope to resume training on Thursday."


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