Car Crash Rules Bendtner Out
Arsenal will be without Nicklas Bendtner for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Olympiakos after the striker was involved in a minor car accident.
Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that Bendtner would not be available for the game against the Greek champions but said he should return for Blackburn’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
“Nicklas did not practice because he had a car accident yesterday,” the Arsenal boss said. “Fortunately there was no real long-term damage, but he was bruised and we thought it better he did not train. He should be back for Sunday’s game.”
Bendtner, 21, was driving along the A1 yesterday morning towards South Mimms when his car left the road. It is understood no other vehicle was involved in the incident according to Hertfordshire police.
“We were called at 10.15am to a report of a single vehicle road traffic collision,” a police spokesman said. “A black Aston Martin vehicle had left the road. The driver was not seriously injured.”
Wenger has also been dealt another injury blow with the news that midfielder Denilson will spend up to two months on the sidelines with a fracture to his back.
The Olympiakos game also comes too soon for England forward Theo Walcott and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. Walcott is expected to return from a back problem in time for Blackburn’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, while Vitor Mannone, fresh from his impressive display against Fulham, will continue to deputise for the Almunia, who is still suffering with a chest infection.