Arsenal’s medical team fear that Rob Holding has suffered a big injury after the centre-back was stretchered off in the first half of the Gunners 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The defender, who has been a mainstay of Unai Emery’s defence in the last few months, seemed to twist his knee on the touchline and required oxygen as he dealt with the pain.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Emery revealed: “The worst news is the Rob Holding injury, the doctors think maybe it is a big injury but we are going to wait (to find out), it is his knee.”
Obviously, ‘big’ injuries to knees tend to involve ligament damage. If it’s medial, we’re talking a few months, if it’s ACL it could end his season.
The Gunners also lost captain Aaron Ramsey to injury in the final moments of the first half. The Welshman rolled his ankle and was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The prognosis for the midfielder was a bit better.
Emery said: “Ramsey I think is a small injury but they [the medical team] showed us that afterwards every player responded with a good quality.”
The games are coming thick and fast right now. Granit Xhaka will return from suspension for Saturday’s game with Huddersfield and we’re hoping Mesut Ozil also recovers from his back problem.
Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are both closing in on returns, but any long-term problem to Holding will still be a massive blow. We wish him a swift recovery.