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Hector Bellerin to miss rest of Arsenal’s season with suffering ruptured anterior cruciate ligament

Indy 100 logo Indy 100 22/01/2019
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Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season as well as the start of the 2019/20 campaign after scans revealed that the Arsenal defender has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bellerin was carried off on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea, having only just returned from a calf injury that saw him miss five weeks over December and January.

The Spain international looked in obvious pain as he was taken from the Emirates Stadium pitch, and after being assessed the 23-year-old has been ruled out for between six and nine months due to the requirement for surgery to repair the damage.

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The news, which is due to be confirmed by Arsenal on Tuesday. Is a large blow to Unai Emery’s hopes after witnessing a resurgence in Bellerin’s form this season. The right-back has made 19 appearances in the Premier League and has surged ahead of Stephen Lichtsteiner in Emery’s pecking order at right-back.

Speaking after the victory over Chelsea, Emery did not sound optimistic on Bellerin’s prognosis.

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“We will wait,” the Spaniard said. “It’s his knee. The prediction is it could be an important injury. I hope no, but our first impression is not positive.”

It leaves the Arsenal manager short on options on the right flank of his defence, with Lichtsteiner the obvious candidate to deputise for Bellerin while Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also fill-in despite not being a natural right-back.

However, with Arsenal active in the transfer market, Emery could look for a short-term replacement from outside the club, though the north London club are not close to any defensive targets as they continue their pursuit of loan deals for Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez – currently on loan from Real Madrid – and Barcelona’s Denis Suarez.

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