Rob Holding will undergo more tests in the next couple of days as Arsenal’s medical team look to ascertain the seriousness of the knee injury he sustained at Old Trafford.
The centre-back fell awkwardly following a challenge by Marcus Rashford on the touchline and required oxygen as he was stretched back to the dressing room.
It’s also been revealed that the club immediately transferred the player back to London rather than wait for the end of the game.
Unai Emery has already said he fears a ‘big’ injury after an initial consultation with his staff, but it remains to be seen whether we’re talking weeks, months or season-ending.
What’s definite, is that the defender, who has played 16 times this season, will miss Saturday’s game with Huddersfield.
The Holding update on Arsenal.com explains: “Left knee. Returned to London during match on Wednesday night. Will have further tests and assessments over the next 48 hours. Further updates will be communicated in due course.”
Aaron Ramsey, who picked up an ankle knock in last night’s 2-2 draw, is also a doubt for the weekend. It’s also not clear whether Mesut Ozil (back) and/or Nacho Monreal (right hamstring) will be available, both are ‘being assessed’ at the moment.
Laurent Koscielny has been pencilled in for a first team return against Qarabag in a week’s time, while Dinos Mavropanos and Danny Welbeck remain long-term absentees.
On a positive note, Granit Xhaka is available following his one-game suspension.