Deadly blow: Arsenal’s Bellerin out for the season


Deadly blow: Arsenal's Bellerin out for the season

In Summary

  • Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season after scans confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
  • The Spain right-back, 23, was carried off on a stretcher in the 72nd minute of Arsenal's 2-0 win over Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
  • Bellerin is expected to be out for between six and nine months.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season after scans confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Spain right-back, 23, was carried off on a stretcher in the 72nd minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Bellerin is expected to be out for between six and nine months.

The injury occurred in his first start for five weeks after picking up a calf injury against Southampton in December.

Bellerin was previously sidelined for four weeks because of a calf problem. The game against Chelsea was his first start since December 16.

A cruciate rupture tends to take a minimum six months to return from. Manager Unai Emery will also want him to be at full fitness before putting him back in his system.

Emery admitted after the Chelsea win that the injury appeared worrying and Bellerin has been a key part of the Spaniard’s first season in the Premier League.

Other options to be used at right back are Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson, who has not appeared in the top flight this season.

It remains to be seen whether Emery will try to find a replacement while the January transfer window is open. He previously stated Arsenal would only be able to bring in loans because of their strapped finances.

This is another blow for Arsenal in defence following the serious injury to Rob Holding. The central defender is on his own road to recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Bellerin was trying to dispossess Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso when he went down in agony, clutching his left knee. Medical staff treated him for several minutes before he was carried off on a stretcher.

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