Arsenal's Kim Kallstrom injured back while playing beach football?

Kim Kallstrom of Sweden runs with the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Play-off Second Leg match between Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena on November 19, 2013
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Arsenal knew about Kim Kallstrom's back injury sustained while playing beach football before signing him, according to a report.

Newly-signed Arsenal midfielder Kim Kallstrom suffered a back injury while playing football on a beach in Abu Dhabi, according to a report.

BBC Sport claims that the 31-year-old picked up the problem on Tuesday while on a winter break with Spartak Moscow.

It has also been reported that Arsenal knew about the injury before signing the Sweden international on loan from Spartak on transfer deadline day.

Kallstrom told the Gunners of his problem on his arrival at the club on Friday, and a CAT scan found an issue with his back.

Although Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was informed of the problem by the club's doctors, the Frenchman decided to proceed with the signing.

Kallstrom did not train with his teammates on Friday or Saturday and is expected to miss the Gunners' next six matches.

Sweden's midfielder Kim Kallstrom looks on prior to the FIFA 2014 World Cup group C qualifying football match Sweden vs Germany on October 15, 2013
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