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Arsenal target Samba set for scan

ESPN staff
August 8, 2011

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Arsenal may be deterred from placing a bid for Blackburn's Christopher Samba after learning that the defender has been struggling with a reoccurrence of a groin injury.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has promised to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season, and Samba has been frequently linked with a move to Emirates Stadium.

However, Samba missed Rovers' friendly against Kilmarnock on Saturday, and Blackburn boss Steve Kean confirmed that the defender will have a scan on his injured groin.

"Chris has a niggling groin injury and I think it'll have to be looked at," Kean said. "We'll get a full scan on that early this week as it keeps reoccurring which is disappointing."

However, Kean remains confident that Samba will recover in time for Blackburn's Premier League opener against Wolves on Saturday.

"We are always hopeful because we've got a fantastic medical team," Kean added. "Dave Fevre and the lads in the medical room, if they can't get him fit then it is because he's nowhere near. If he is touch and go then I'm sure he'll be out there."

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