Thierry Henry has revealed that he will be out of action until the new year because of the need to rest a persistent neck problem.
“I’ve been suffering for two or three months now, and the pain is amplified by the sciatic nerve,” the Arsenal captain told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“I need to say ‘stop’ for a month, or even a month and a-half. A lot of time is needed for the pain to go. After 60 matches in 2006, there comes a time when your body tells you to stop and you have to listen.
“I am going to have to once again stop playing, as I did after the [France] match in Dublin last season, when I picked up an Achilles tendon injury, but maybe for even longer this time.”
But Henry denied reports that he had fallen out with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after being dropped for last Saturday’s north London derby against Spurs.
Henry said: “Yes, I did get angry about it because I can not help out my team on the pitch. It’s something I find hard to accept. But I did not squabble with Arsene Wenger.
“Is there a divorce between me and Arsene Wenger? No.”