It seems that not even a dominant 2-0 victory over Chelsea in a crucial Premier League clash can go ahead without something utterly terrible casting a huge shadow across it.
Hector Bellerin returned from injury against Maurizio Sarri’s team yesterday evening and was instrumental in the Gunners’ success, creating Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal and generally posing a huge threat bombing down the right flank.
However, it wasn’t to be a happy return for the Spaniard, who departed the game early, on a stretcher after breaking down following an awkward looking landing.
Gutting to see. pic.twitter.com/4Fpw83TaEV
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) January 19, 2019
Immediately, replays showed that the injury looked to be serious, although obviously at the time it was impossible to know just how serious it was.
We’re all thinking of you, Hector ❤️
Que te mejores, Heccy 💪 pic.twitter.com/pG3F270Szg
— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) January 19, 2019
Twenty four hours later and we now have a much clearer picture of how long a lay off the right back is facing and it’s not good.
It is believed that Bellerin will miss the rest of the season and up to nine months in total with what is currently being reported to be a quad tendon tear. Such a layoff will mean Bellerin also misses the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 20, 2019
If the injury is indeed a tendon tear and Bellerin is out for nine months, should Unai Emery invest in a new right-back? Maybe an emergency loan move for one until the end of the season?
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