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Arsenal Defender Mertesacker to Miss Games After Ankle Surgery

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker will miss games for a “long term” after undergoing surgery on an ankle he injured in a Feb. 11 game against Sunderland.

“He has had surgery and we have lost him for a while,” manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement on the club’s website. “How long, I don’t know. He had reconstruction of his ligaments, so it will be long term.”

The German national team player, who joined the London club before this season, slipped and injured his ankle during a play that led to Sunderland’s goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory. The teams meet again tomorrow in an F.A. Cup match.

Fellow central defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the rematch after hurting his knee in a 4-0 Champions League loss to AC Milan. He and Carl Jenkinson will return from injury and train next week, Wenger said.

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