Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is expected to miss the rest of the campaign after scans confirmed that he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the weekend.
The Spaniard was stretchered off on 72 minutes during the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday evening. The fullback is now expected to be out for between six and nine months which could mean he misses the start of next season as well.
Bellerin is the Gunners’ third long-term injury of the campaign. Rob Holding suffered a similar knee injury in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United last month.
Danny Welbeck broke his ankle in the first half against Sporting Lisbon back in November. With the England international’s contract expiring in the summer, we may not see the forward in an Arsenal shirt again.
One piece of good injury news, however, is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to return to first-team training this week.
The Armenian has not featured since the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup quarter-final back in December due to a broken metatarsal. It was originally predicted that the midfielder would only be fit to return in February.
If the 29-year-old gets through the week unscathed, he could feature in the FA Cup clash against United on Friday night.