Injury blow for young Gunner

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Fan favourite Ryo Miyaichi has suffered a setback in his aim to break into the first team due to an ankle injury.

It is typical during interlulls for the Arsenal blogosphere to go crazy with injury rumours and willingness for international coaches to proceed with extreme caution regarding our precious stars. But it seems that this injury to Ryo has come in a reserve match against Fulham, which our second string won 2-0.

Ryo hasn’t featured much this season, but is it really a surprise? After his successful loan spell at Feyenoord where he was dubbed ‘Ryodinho,’ Gooners were expecting our Japanese star to light up the Emirates this campaign. But that hasn’t materialised, probably due to the talented wingers and attacking midfielders that Arsene has at his disposal. How can Wenger really justify playing Ryo ahead of the experienced (not to mention costly) Andrey Arshavin (who, despite his comments to the contrary, has provided the club with some great performances and vital inputs during his time here)?

Reserve team manager Neil Banfield told Arsenal.com:

“Ryo has sprained his left ankle and will be out for a minimum of three weeks.”

A sprain isn’t a particularly problematic injury, but it will rule Ryo out of the next Carling Cup match (29th Nov). The Carling Cup is the only competition in which Ryo has made first team appearances (he has played 35 minutes for the first team, plus injury time). I highly doubt that he would’ve got a chance against Man City anyway. That game will be very different to the Shrewsbury and Bolton matches – I expect Wenger to play a pretty strong side. As he has already said, the defeat in the final last year still hurts, and I’m sure Wenger would love to have another crack at winning it this season.

Let’s wish Ryo a speedy recover and hope that the interlull doesn’t bring any further bad news on the injury front!

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