Mathieu Debuchy fears he may have to go under the knife to rectify the ligament damage sustained against Manchester City.
Arsenal have yet to confirm how long the French international will be sidelined – reports had suggested anywhere between two to three months – but the players has revealed on Facebook that he’ll find out on Friday if he needs an operation.
“No fracture but one broken ligament … I have to wait until Friday in order to know if I must have surgery,” he wrote.
It remains to be seen whether an operation elongates his rehabilitation spell.
One player who stands to gain from Debuchy’s misfortune is Hector Bellerin. The young Spaniard may have endured a character-building evening as Arsenal were schooled by Borussia Dortmund, however, he’s still over the moon with his Champions League debut at the Bundesliga side’s famous Westfalenstadion.
Without the Debuchy, and with Calum Chambers struggling from tonsillitus, Bellerin’s late inclusion at right-back stole the pre-game headlines only to be quickly overshadowed by the nature of the 2-0 defeat.
Admitting it wasn’t the easiest environment in which to make a strong impression, the 19-year-old from Barcelona reflected that the occasion was still a dream come true.
“They came with so much tempo at the start with their quick players up front,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player.
“We tried to start the game with the same tempo as them but we couldn’t, and that’s something we need to work on for our next game.
“It was a dream come true for me tonight. It’s always your dream as a kid to make your debut in the Champions League. On the other hand, I’m gutted and we’ve just got to work harder in the next game.
“I knew there was a chance [of starting] during the week with the injury of Mathieu [Debuchy] and I found out at training before the game that Calum [Chambers] was feeling a bit ill, so I knew there was a chance.
“I never thought at that moment that I could make my debut here, but when they told me [on Tuesday] afternoon I was really happy. It is what you are waiting for since when you’re a kid and you’re just playing in the playground. I’m just really happy to get it out of the way, to make my debut on a night like this is good for me.
“[Playing first-team football] is what I want to be doing every weekend. It’s good to get minutes with the under-21s but what you’re here for is to play games with the first team. It was a really hard game but I’m glad I got to play here and hopefully there’s many more games to come.”