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Lopez: Torn hamstring

Lopez: Torn hamstring

Roberto Martinez has pinpointed Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal at the DW Stadium as an opportunity to kick-start their season.

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However, the Spanish tactician will be without Adrian Lopez (hamstring), Ben Watson (broken leg), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Albert Crusat (knee).

Meanwhile, captain Gary Caldwell will undergo a late fitness test prior to the clash but at this moment he remains doubtful. Ivan Ramis (hamstring) is less likely to make it in time which gives Martinez a potential centre-back crisis.

Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and midfielder James McCarthy (ankle) are also doubtful.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no new injury concerns ahead of the encounter. However, a key point of interest will be whether the Frenchman continues with Theo Walcott in the central strike role.

The English speedster started ahead of Olivier Giroud in the 5-2 win at Reading last Monday. And he gave the Gunners an added dimension with his pace, something the Gunners have been lacking, with their play having been too slow at times this season.

Long-term casualties Andre Santos (thigh) and Abou Diaby continue their rehabilitation.

Posted: 21/12/12 11:17

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