Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski's layoff pushed back to December

The German national team announce that Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski's hamstring injury is worse that first thought, resulting in a layoff time of three months.

The German national team have announced that Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is expected to be out of action until December.

The 28-year-old was initially ruled out for eight to 10 weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during the Gunners' 2-0 win over Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier last week.

However, Germany's team doctor has revealed that Podolski's injury is worse than first thought, and a three-month layoff is a realistic assessment, according to Sky Sports News.

The news is a blow to Arsenal, who smashed their transfer record by signing Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil for a reported £42.5m.

Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid looks on during the pre-season match between Lyon and Real Madrid on July 24, 2013
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