MX23RW : Thursday, September 24 17:49:53| >> :60:106:106:

Thomas Vermaelen confirms Arsenal tour absence

Vermaelen confirms Arsenal tour absence
© PA Photos
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen confirms his absence from the club's pre-season tour of Asia due to a back injury.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has used Twitter to confirm that he will miss the club's pre-season tour of Asia because of injury.

The Belgian international has been struggling with a persistent back problem that forced him out of a return to training earlier week.

After assessing the defender, Arsenal have decided not to include their skipper on a tour of the Far East, which begins with a match against an Indonesian all-star side on Sunday.

Vermaelen used social media to inform fans that he will continue to work towards a recovery at the club's London Colney training ground.

He tweeted: "Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London.

"To receive the right treatment. Of course I will do my best to return on the pitch soon, and I will keep you posted on my progress."

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho has also been left out of manager Arsene Wenger's 24-man squad for the pre-season tour due to sickness, according to an official Arsenal statement.

ID:93050:

Click here for more stories about Thomas Vermaelen

Click here for more stories about Arsenal

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Wales' Ashley Williams celebrates the win over Scotland on March 22, 2013
Read Next:
Report: Arsenal step up Williams pursuit
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
EFL Cup
UEFA Super Cup
Europa League
Finnish Veikkausliiga
Copa Libertadores
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Copa do Brasil
AFC Champions League
Chinese Super League
Super League
Tables

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!