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The Belgian said his wish to leave the field on his return to the side after two months out was to do with cramp and not because he was on the verge of another long lay-off

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has moved to calm fears that he suffered an injury setback after limping off against Bolton Wanderers during the Gunners’ 2-1 win at the Emirates.

Vermaelen made his first start in two months for the side but had to leave the field of play at the end with his manager saying afterwards that he did not feel able to go back on to the pitch.

Whilst there were fears the Belgian had aggravated his calf during the match, he insisted afterwards that his pain was nothing more than cramping up and that another long lay-off was not on the cards.

"I had a small cramp at the end,” he told reporters.

“Nothing serious. Just went out as a precaution."

Arsenal came from behind against Bolton with goals from Andrey Arshavin and new signing Chu-Young Park overturning Fabrice Muamba’s opener for the Trotters.

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