Although Unai Emery wasn’t specific with regards the extent of the injury sustained by Rob Holding in his press conference today, it’s being reported that the club fear the defender may have suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
The 22 year old went down during the first half under a challenge from Marcus Rashford in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, and was stretchered off after some lengthy treatment on the sideline.
Last night the Arsenal boss described it as a ‘big’ knee injury and today provided a further update without going into too many specifics.
“At the moment, the first news is not good,” he said.
“The doctors are looking at him and they are going to communicate with us.”
The England U21 international is due for more tests in the next 48 hours, but it does look as if this may well be a season ending injury, which is a real shame.
The timeliness of Laurent Koscielny’s comeback is very welcome then, with Emery suggesting the captain could be in the squad for this weekend’s clash with Huddersfield at the Emirates.
“He played 85 minutes on Tuesday and our plan is that he can maybe be with us in the 18 on Saturday,” said the Spaniard.
“Maybe he can play against Qarabag in the Europa League. He’s working with us with very big performances every day in training. He’s playing for the under-23s with a good feeling. The next step is for him to be with us.
“He gives us experience, quality, personality. We need every player and we need also for him to train with us.
“The next step is playing. He can play with us and be with us normally.”