Granit Xhaka faces as much as eight weeks out of motion with the knee downside he contracted beneath 3-1 within the North London derby victory over Tottenham on Sunday.
Xhaka clashed awkwardly with Spurs striker Lucas Moura and he was quickly changed, with supervisor Mikel Arteta later revealing that the damage “does not look very positive”. The 29-year-old was later pictured along with his knee in a brace.
An official announcement about Xhaka’s time for rehabilitation is anticipated quickly, with soccer.london claiming that the assertion can come as quickly as Wednesday, however the BLICK group’s editor Andreas Boni has claimed that the damage is a damaged inner ligament in his proper knee.
It’s one other blow to anybody who’s been a irritating month or so for Xhaka. A crimson card within the 5-0 defeat in Manchester City brought on him to be suspended earlier than he examined constructive for Covid-19 and was pressured to overlook Switzerland’s video games throughout the worldwide break.
He returned to the sport on Sunday and performed effectively in central midfield, as a confused and splendid Tottenham gave Arsenal midfield time and house to take them aside when Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all scored.
However, this damage will in all probability exclude Xhaka till at the least November, which implies that Albert Sambi Lokonga and perhaps even Ainsley Maitland-Niles can get probabilities in midfield along with Thomas Partey.
Upcoming matches that Xhaka will miss embody Saturday’s journey to Brighton on a excessive flight, the next dwelling sport with Crystal Palace and one other Emirates outing towards Aston Villa. The Gunners can hope to have him out there at the top of November, once they have matches towards Liverpool and Manchester United.
The win moved Arsenal as much as a tenth within the Premier League desk, forward of Spurs on targets with each side on 9 factors with minus 5 targets distinction.
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