Kieran Gibbs verdict boosts Arsenal

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Arsenal have confirmed that left-back Kieran Gibbs will be back in action sooner rather than later, after a foot injury sustained against Spurs proved to be not as serious as was first feared.

The Gunners initially feared that 20-year-old England international had suffered a fractured metatarsal, having missed a large part of last season due to a similar problem.

However, a short statement on the club's official website confirmed:"The club is happy to confirm that following last night's Carling Cup third round match at Tottenham Hotspur, a scan to Kieran's foot has shown there is no fracture.

"Kieran has suffered severe bruising to his left foot and will hopefully only be missing from first-team action for the short term."

Manager Arsene Wenger had admitted after the 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane:"We hope we do not get bad news.

"It is a metatarsal again, it is the one next to the one he had broken, the second one, so we hope we have good news, because that would be a massive blow to us."

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