Swiss ease Djourou fears

Defender could shake off shoulder problem by the end of the month

Djourou: Dislocated shoulder

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The Swiss Football Association claims Johan Djourou's shoulder problem is not as bad as first feared.

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The Arsenal defender was expected to be sidelined for a prolonged period of time after dislocating his shoulder against Manchester United on Saturday.

It was even suggested that the knock, sustained during a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford, could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Arsene Wenger made that claim during his post-match reaction, with the Frenchman resigning himself to the fact that the centre-half would not figure again this term.

Those fears have been eased, though, following extensive medical tests.

There is now a possibility that Djourou could return to action by the end of March, allowing him to turn out for club and country in crucial fixtures.

A statement from the Swiss FA released on their official website read: "The shoulder injury to Johan Djourou is less serious than feared on Saturday and announced by the coach of his club."

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