Arsenal's Lukas Podolski ruled out for eight to 10 weeks

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Fulham on August 24, 2013
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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is ruled out for eight to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski could be sat on the sidelines for 10 weeks following a scan on his hamstring injury.

Manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the problem is worse than he initially thought when he stated that the German international could be out of action for three weeks.

Podolski, who has suffered the damaging blow ahead of this Sunday's North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, picked up the injury during the Gunners' 2-0 win over Fenerbahce in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Wenger told the club's official website: "It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks.

"His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now."

The Frenchman also confirmed that defender Thomas Vermaelen could return to the fold after the international break.

Arsenal's players celebrate their goal against Fenerbahce during their UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013
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