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Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb will be out of action for up to eight weeks after picking up a knee injury while representing Belarus.

Hleb, 24, was injured against Scotland and joins Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole and Gilberto on the sidelines at Highbury.

“Hleb will be out for six to eight weeks,” confirmed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“He is due to have surgery on his knee on Friday.

“I can’t remember having injuries like this before but it’s not a crisis.

“We have lost many players over the break when we should have come back refreshed,” said Wenger.

“For some it is a question of days, and others – like Ashley Cole and Hleb – it is a matter of six to eight weeks.”

Hleb joined for £10m from Stuttgart during the summer.

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