Ozil Sidelined for a Month, Kallstrom Up for Derby

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could be sidelined for up to four weeks, a scan on his recent hamstring strain has revealed.

The 25-year-old Germany international suffered the injury in the second minute of Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Bayern Munich before been substituted at the break.

Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for club record fee of £42.4m in September, will miss Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur, as well as subsequent matches against Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City and Everton.

Mesut Ozil is Ruled Out for One Month. Getty Image.
Mesut Ozil is Ruled Out for One Month. Getty Image.

He could also miss out on April 12’s FA Cup Wembley semi-final against holders Wigan Athletic.

Ozil has scored six goals in 35 appearances since joining the Gunners.

Meanwhile, manager Arsene Wenger, says January loan signing from Spartak Moscow Kim Kallstrom could make his long-awaited debut against Tottenham on Sunday.

With Aaron Ramsey set for an extended period on the sideline, Kallstrom, who has recovered from a back injury that has ruled him out of action since moving to the Emirates, is in contention for a role this weekend.

Left-back Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal could also return while striker Yaya Sanogo is also available.

“Kallstrom joins the normal training today and Sanogo, too,” said Arsene Wenger. “I will have to decide if Kallstrom is Okay to be in the squad on Sunday.

“I will see how he looks. It is not impossible.”