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Mesut Ozil

26-Year-Old Midfielder     Arsenal  Premier


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Knee    EST. RETURN:  1/1/2015
Birthdate:  October 15, 1988    Birthplace:  Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Nationality:  Germany    Height:  6' 0"    

November 13, 2014    Mesut Ozil News

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Ozil said Thursday that he will need at least another seven weeks to recover from the ligament tear in his knee, The Guardian reports. "I have already been out for five weeks and will be out for another seven weeks," Ozil said.

Ozil's initial timetable for return was 10 to 12 weeks, with his new estimate putting him at the longer end of that spectrum. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he's likely seven weeks away from training, which will put his return to matches even further away.

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Mesut Ozil: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

October 8, 2014

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Ozil has been ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks due to ruptured ligaments in his left knee, ESPN FC reports.

Ozil's injury is a massive blow to an Arsenal squad that has already fallen victim to their customary medical woes this season. Along with Olivier Giroud (leg) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) being ruled out until 2015, the club's record signing Ozil will now likely face the same fate. His injury is a bit curious, considering he played the entirety of Sunday's match against Chelsea, only to have his problem detected upon joining Germany for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. Nonetheless, the playmaker has been diagnosed with a partial lateral collateral ligament tear in his left knee, which impacts his dominant leg. With the World Cup winner sidelined, as well as Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), far more responsibility should fall on players like Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Santi Cazorla as attacking midfielders for the Gunners moving forward.

October 1, 2014

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Ozil assisted one goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win at home to Galatasaray.

Ozil played in Alexis Sanchez in the 41st minute to give the home side a 3-0 lead to take in at the half. Ozil, after overcoming early criticism, is starting to see the fruits of having Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the side to benefit from his build up play.

September 20, 2014

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Ozil scored in the 32nd minute and then assisted on Danny Welbeck's 34th minute goal during Arsenal's 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ozil started slowly this season after a long run with Germany at the World Cup and there were some whispers of labeling him a bust following his big-money move from Real Madrid last summer. He's always been known more for his setting up goals than scoring them himself, and if Welbeck can stay fit, he gives Ozil a very solid target alongside Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez.

September 13, 2014

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Ozil (ankle) is in the starting XI for Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Ozil missed out for Germany over the international break due to the ankle injury, but he was never in much danger of missing Saturday's match. He'll have his full disposal of weapons around him with Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all starting as well.

September 12, 2014

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Ozil was held out of international duty due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to play in Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Ozil has had a slow start to the season after winning the World Cup with Germany, but he is fully fit now and will have plenty of weapons at his disposal to rack up the assists.

August 31, 2014

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Ozil picked up a knock to his ankle during Sunday's Premier League match against Leicester City on Sunday, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed in his post-match press conference.

The injury doesn't appear to be terribly serious, and luckily for Arsenal, Ozil will be able to rest the ankle over the international break.

August 23, 2014

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Ozil is in the starting XI for Arsenal's Premier League match against Everton on Saturday.

Ozil sat out the Premier League opener after limited training following the World Cup, but he reclaims his starting spot in a tough match at Goodison Park.