Arsenal sports physiotherapy expert Luke Anthony has confirmed that centre-back Laurent Koscielny is facing a huge battle to get back to his best.

The 33-year-old damaged his Achilles during Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final on May 3.

The France international is now back in first-team training after a lengthy spell in the sidelines.

However, Luke Anthony has confirmed that Gunners captain Koscielny might never fully recover.

“As you get older you recover less well,” Anthony told Football.London.

“Things just generally take a bit more time. So that is the biggest challenge he [Koscielny] will face from the injury. The second thing is the risk of re-rupture.”

“There is a percentage of players who will re-rupture their repair at some stage.”

“Generally they do it during the first six months and he must be coming through that now so that risks reduced a little bit.”

“Once you get through that the next challenge you have is to get back to your previous level. And in his case, this isn’t someone knocking it about in the lower leagues, this is a player playing top-level Premier League football.”

“So achieving that pre-injury level is very tough and it is a big challenge because you put stress on your body when it hasn’t been stressed like that for a long time.”

“That’s when you see a lot of players pick up secondary injuries, whether it be a hamstring, groin or though injury.”

“No matter how hard you try when you’re injured to keep your conditioning up, inevitably that will drop off and players will injury different body parts.”

Unai Emery side, who are have improved dramatically, are still having the big problem in the central defence with their backline leader Koscielny remains in critical conditions.

The Gunners are back into the Premier League action on Sunday 25 as they travel to Dean Court to face Bournemouth.

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