Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that a persistent Achilles problem will require daily treatment for the rest of his career, stressing the importance of carefully managing the condition in order to stay fit and available.
Koscielny also explained that he will be missing from the Gunners' Tuesday night clash against already relegated Sunderland so he is able to face Everton on the last day of the Premier League campaign and Chelsea in the FA Cup final later this month.
The 31-year-old's Achilles problems, left and right, were picked up when he was diagnosed with 'chronic tendinitis' while away on international duty back in 2014.
I have some problems. Now it is better. I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this. Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career," Koscielny is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
"Now, every day I do this and it is okay, but sometimes with all the games we play every three days it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well for my Achilles. That's why last time I was injured but now it is okay with this," he added.
"It is not difficult but you need to be careful with this because if you stop doing your own exercise programme for one or two weeks, the problem will come back. I know now I need to do this every day to be fit for my team.
"I am prepared to miss Sunderland to be fit for the last two games of this season. Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others."
Koscielny has never played more than 33 games of a Premier League season since he joined Arsenal in 2010 and will not exceed that tally once more for 2016/17.
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