Arsenal confirm Hector Bellerin faces nine months out injured
Arsenal have confirmed that Hector Bellerin’s season is over after rupturing his ACL against Chelsea and he could be sidelined for up to nine months. The Spaniard went down in agony in the 72nd minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory on Saturday and was unable to continue, calling for the physios to come on immediately. Unai Emery feared afterwards that Bellerin, who has only just returned from injury, could be out for some time, and scans have now confirmed the worst.
A statement read: ‘Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. ‘Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days.
‘The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season. ‘Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Hector is back on the pitch as soon as possible next season.’
-Arsenal through and through 🔴
-We’re gutted for you, Hec – and we’re sending you all of our love and support ❤️
-We know you’ll come back stronger 💪 pic.twitter.com/AiLpMchx4K
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 22, 2019 Arsenal are likely to call upon Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Stephan Lichtsteiner to cover in Bellerin’s absence, with Emery saying the club will not dip into the transfer market for a right-back.
Carl Jenkinson could also come back into the team despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League so far this season. Bellerin is the third major injury Arsenal have fallen victim to this season, with Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck also having their campaigns cut short prematurely.