Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Carl Jenkinson’s season is over after the defender suffered anterior cruciate knee ligament damage in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
The right-back, on loan at the Hammers for the second successive season, picked up the injury in a collision with Sergio Aguero that also earned the Argentine a penalty.
Earlier this week West Ham revealed Jenkinson’s injury was serious although their official website stopped short of publicising the specifics of the problem.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Arsene Wenger shed more light on the situation: “He has a cruciate, so that rules him out for six months.”
Asked if the 23-year-old had subsequently returned to Arsenal to begin his rehabilitation the boss nodded affirmatively.
As is often the case with cruciate injuries they require a long time to heal; often longer than the six-month timescale predicted by Wenger. If there is a positive side, if his recovery goes to plan he should be in a position to challenge for first team football from the start of next season.
It’s worth remembering that Jenkinson signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates before moving to West Ham in the summer so his future at the club isn’t under threat.
Best of luck to him.