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Football: Arsenal new boy Kallstrom out for a month

Published on Feb 3, 2014 7:06 AM
 
Portugal's Hugo Almeida (left) is chased by Sweden's Kim Kallstrom during the second leg of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Friends Arena in Stockholm on Nov 19, 2013. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Sunday that new loan signing Kim Kallstrom will be out for around a month with a back injury sustained before he joined the club. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Sunday that new loan signing Kim Kallstrom will be out for around a month with a back injury sustained before he joined the club.

Wenger reacted to a glut of injuries in central midfield by signing the 31-year-old Sweden international from Spartak Moscow on the final day of the January transfer window on Friday.

However, reports soon emerged that Kallstrom had hurt his back playing beach volleyball and might not be able to feature for Arsenal for around six weeks.

Speaking after his side's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Wenger played down the gravity of Kallstrom's injury but admitted that it would keep him sidelined until late February at the earliest.

 
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