Podolski out up to 10 weeks but Ramsey & Wilshere fit for Tottenham clash

The Germany international's hamstring injury is worse than the club had originally feared but the young midfield duo should feature in the North London derby.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lukas Podolski will miss up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury, although Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are fit to face Tottenham on Sunday.

Podolski limped off in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Fenerbahce in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff clash shortly after halftime with a hamstring injury. The Gunners had hoped the injury wasn't as bad as it first appeared -- Wenger initially gave a 21-day timetable for his return -- but have now learned the 28-year-old Germany international will be sidelined for at least two months.

"It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for 8-to-10 weeks. His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing, and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now," Wenger told the club's official website.

Meanwhile, midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey should be fit enough to feature in Sunday's North London derby against Tottenham following the respective knocks they picked up against Fenerbahce.

"The news is quite positive. They just had bumps and bruises. They will be involved," Wenger said.

Wenger also gave an update on the progress of Arsenal's long-term absentees, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen..

"[Mikel] Arteta is doing OK, but there are few weeks to go with him. Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break," Wenger said.