The Telegraph and Metro have reported that Thierry Henry has suffered a calf injury during an Arsenal training session yesterday afternoon.
Earlier this week Arsène Wenger suggested that Thierry was fit enough start on the weekend against Manchester United, but this is looking increasingly unlikely.
The full extent of his injury is currently unknown; Henry was sent for a scan and the club are still waiting for the results.
Thierry has missed many New York Red Bulls matches due to achilles and groin injuries, so the fact that he has picked up another injury at Arsenal is hardly a huge shock. Arsène Wenger has made a point of mentioning that he has been very impressed with Henry’s fitness and training routine at every available occasion, but there was always a possibility that something would give at some point.
It has been suggested that Thierry is out for around two weeks, although this remains purely speculative. A 2 week lay-off would be a massive blow for Arsenal in the absence of Chamakh and Gervinho as Henry misses home games against Manchester United and Aston Villa, and possibly an away trip to Bolton.
The good news is that it is looking highly likely that Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen will return to the starting line-up to face United. Arteta only missed the last game against Swansea, but his presence was sorely missed as our midfield clearly went to pieces.
Vermaelen has been out for around three weeks (since we drew at home to QPR), and will be another more than welcome addition to the starting XI, adding a bit more defensive stability as he can replace Ignasi Miquel at left-back.