Mesut Özil ‘out for three to six weeks’ with hamstring strain

• Arsenal midfielder suffered injury against Bayern Munich
• 'It is a blow but we have the quality to deal without him'

Arsenal will be without Mesut Özil for "a minimum of three and a maximum of six weeks" with a hamstring injury, Arsène Wenger has said.

The Germany international – a club record £42m buy from Real Madrid last summer – came off at half-time during Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League last-16 draw at Bayern Munich, which led to Arsenal going out of the competition.

Wenger confirmed Özil would definitely be out of Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham but was not able to put a specific time frame on recovery.

"We lose Özil, who has been injured for Sunday, I don't know how long he will be out but it looks a minimum of three weeks," Wenger said at Friday morning's press conference.

"When the minimum is three, [then] the maximum is six. I am not specialist enough to know, it is a grade two hamstring [tear], so let's say four weeks."

Aaron Ramsey's return from a thigh injury has been delayed, and his fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere is sidelined with a broken foot. The Sweden international Kim Kallstrom could be in contention for his debut after signing on loan from Spartak Moscow with a back injury while the full-back Nacho Monreal is also available again.

Wenger added: "It is of course a blow, but I am confident we have the quality to deal without him [Özil]. We have many creative players who can take over to produce quality performances." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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