Wenger confirms Ramsey in doubt for Carabao final

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Injury prone Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is almost certain to miss both UEFA Europa League last-32 games against Ostersunds and could also miss the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a major doubt for the EFL Cup final against Manchester City, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed.

The Wales international scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 Premier League thrashing of Everton at the start of the month but was forced to miss the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham due to a groin problem.

Ramsey did not travel with the squad for the first leg of the Europa League last-32 tie with Ostersunds this week and Wenger also expects him to miss the return leg at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger is concerned at the way the 27 year-old's recovery has progressed and fears he could be unavailable for the Wembley match against City on 25 February.

"Ramsey is a little bit of a sensitive case," Wenger said. "He doesn't move forward as quickly as I expected.

"I would say certainly he will not be available for the second game against Ostersunds. For the cup final, I don't know. It depends on how he progresses from now."

Ramsey joins Alexandre Lacazette, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech in sitting out the game at Jamtkraft Arena this week.

Lacazette is expected to miss up to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery, while Wilshere and Koscielny are being given extra time to recover from minor complaints.

"Of course, you have heard about Lacazette," Wenger said. "Apart from that, Wilshere, Koscielny, Cech have stayed behind. Everyone else has travelled.

"One or two had recent problems. Koscielny with his Achilles, Wilshere as well.

"I wanted to rest Jack because he was sick in the game against Spurs and felt he hadn't fully recovered."