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By Josh Allen (Betfair)

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is set to spend up to three months on the sidelines, after suffering a fractured fibula during a training session on the club's pre-season tour of Austria. The 22 year old French International had been expected to play a part in yesterday's friendly match with SC Columbia but will now miss two to three months with the injury. 

Nasri was all set to play a crucial role this season after an impressive first year in English football, where he scored 7 goals in 44 appearances, including two memorable strikes in the home victory over Manchester United. However, manager Arsene Wenger will now have to re-think his new season plans, particularly with the injury coming so soon after Emmanuel Adebayor's departure to Manchester City. 

Fortunately for the Arsenal boss, Nasri's injury has coincided with the return to fitness of Thomas Rosicky. The Czech midfielder made his long awaited comeback on Saturday after 18 months of knee and hamstring injuries and could now be thrust back into first team action sooner than expected. 

Speaking after Saturday's friendly with Barnet, Wenger praised Rosicky's mental strength and seemed positive about his return to action: 

"We have to manage him well and prepare him well. If he comes through pre-season well he could start the season."  

Wenger may also opt to dip into the transfer market, despite previously hinting that  Thomas Vermaelen would be his only major signing. The Arsenal manager should have money to spend after receiving £25million for Adebayor, however the Frenchman is notorious for his reluctance to spend big and prior to Nasri's injury he said:

"We must trust the players we have. It's a very important season for us and I believe we are in a very strong position."

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