Arsene Wenger has admitted he regrets fielding Aaron Ramsey during Arsenal's Premier League visit to Watford. The 24-year-old midfielder featured for 90 minutes and scored the Gunners' final goal in a comfortable 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road, but lasted for just 57 minutes against Bayern Munich on 20 October before suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury that will now see him miss the upcoming match against Everton, as well as the return clash in Bavaria and a North London derby against rivals Tottenham.
Such an absence has clearly irked Wenger, who believes the player was "overloaded" following a busy international break as he helped Wales secure qualification for Euro 2016 away to Bosnia and Herzegovina, before featuring for the entirety of his country's final dead-rubber Group B qualifier against minnows Andorra in Cardiff three days later. An initial prognosis speculated that Ramsey would be ruled out until at least mid-November, with the manager now confirming that timeframe for recovery following a scan.
"Aaron Ramsey will be back in three-to-four weeks," he said in his weekly pre-match press conference, as relayed by The Mirror. "Gabriel [Paulista] is back in full training."
Ramsey was not the only high-profile Welsh international to be injured upon their return to club duty. Gareth Bale had been struggling with a calf problem before joining up with his compatriots and was substituted by Rafael Benitez at half-time in Real Madrid's recent La Liga win over Levante. Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu is also facing a further six-to-eight weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a blow to his ankle against Andorra.
Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, meanwhile, has not played since partnering Per Mertesacker during the resounding win over Manchester United earlier this month. He returned to training prior to the meeting with Bayern Munich, yet did not make the substituts bench for the Champions League encounter, despite Wenger previously stating that he was likely to be available for selection.