Hector Bellerin is set to be out of action for a further four weeks, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Spaniard missed international duty with the under-21s after picking up an injury in the North London derby against Tottenham almost a fortnight ago, and it seems the knock is more serious than first thought.
Wenger did not mince his words when asked about his right-back’s fitness, quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
“Hector is out for four weeks, he was injured in the last 10 seconds against Spurs with a strong tackle from Danny Rose.”
Le Professeur does not sound impressed. Rose himself is nursing an injury despite making a surprise start for England on Tuesday night in the 2-2 draw with Spain.
It’s definitely Bellerin who has come off worse, however, and he’s also likely to miss games against Paris Saint-Germain, Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham, Basle, Stoke, and Everton.
The Gunners would desperately have liked him to return for this Saturday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they will have to settle for a makeshift defence as they prepare to face Jose Mourinho’s side.
Alexis Sanchez may also be staying at home despite starring for Chile in midweek.