Confirmed: Bellerin out for up to nine months

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Hector Bellerin will spend up to nine months out after Arsenal confirmed the Spaniard has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

The right-back, who had only just returned from a calf problem, went down in agony during the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea and immediately required medical attention. He was stretchered off leading Unai Emery to admit he feared a ‘big’ injury.

He was right to fear the worst. A statement from the club says:

“Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season.

“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Hector is back on the pitch as soon as possible next season.”

It’s the club’s third big injury of the season. Rob Holding also ruptured his ACL at Manchester United while Danny Welbeck broke his ankle in our home game with Sporting Lisbon.

We’re devastated for Hector and wish him all the best with his recovery.

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Pedant

B*llocks, he was playing great. Quick, good control, lots of assists.

Come back soon Hector, good luck.

Pat Rice and Beans

True dat. If not brilliant, he was having a very good season.

I’m truly upset, he’s my fav player in the squad and one of the few who has a strong identification with the club.

I'm 14 again

You know it could get even spudier if this makes him lose a bit of his pace. I think he already lost some of that Flash-like speed from an injury during Wenger’s management. I hope that’s not the case though

GoonerJust

Get well soon Hector, and come back stronger!!

Ps: please shave the mustache

David Hillier's luggage

If the tache & ponytail combo is good enough for David Seaman, its good enough for Hector!

Dan

He’s got a way to go to get anywhere near seamans tache!

Gooneron

Let him grow his own pornstache

@joelboniawotwi

Hope Jenko gets a run in. Wish you speedy recovery flash

Gooneron

All the best wishes to Hector

Ya gooner

Such shit luck we’ve had 2 cruciate ligament injuries in 1 season, both to young players. Get well soon 🙁

Davey

I’m 30 and I did mine in last year… Managed to come back to playing within 9 months or so.

I’m sure at his age and with the medical team Arsenal have he will be as good as new within around the same time frame.

You’re right it is bad luck, but better to happen when younger than older.

Pedant

Do you play right back and are free up to June?

Emyrates

Davey in

Duno

Probably can’t do any worse than the Lich tbh.
Davey in!

David Hillier's luggage

Really sad about this. Love Hector, not just as a player but as a person he seems like a good lad, and embodies the current conscious, forthright and active spirit of the younger generation. Hope he recovers well.

Kabu

God, he will be missed.

Tim

Do the increased number of injuries have anything to do with our new playing style, which asks our players to run harder, faster and for longer.

DB10s Air Miles

I was wondering that. Also, is it down to different training methods too?

I'm 14 again

It could. Would take the bodies time to readjust. Perhaps this is why Managers like Carlo don’t push so much in training. His teams manage to keep a pretty healthy team through a season. Injuries to Ancelotti’s teams are usually down to impact during matches. There was of course Alexandre Pato at Milan

Jude

Pained to right! The moment he clutched his quadrecep muscles my heart sunk. Oh well, I guess supporting either Litchstenier or AMN is the way to go now… COYG!!!

Desimeerkat

I thought he clutched his knee.

ViennaGooner

What strikes me: a real top club would search for a replacement immediateley. Lichtsteiner is out of contract at the end of the season, so we need a second right back anymay. Of course, it´s difficult in january. But you could at least try.

goongot

yes but we are a europa level club..

martin

Didn’t stop Aubameyang signing last January

SharpasFc

We need to stop using that as a blueprint for being able to get players in January. Aubameyang wanted to leave Dortmund.

Homer

Cannot agree. A real top club would have a legit academy and young players – and the all too sought after “depth.” Arsenal has that. Bellerin is one of the best right backs in england, possibly europe. He’ll get healthy and be back next season, and probably sooner than we all think. Why by a first class replacement? Do fans boys want shot of Bellerin…already writing off his career? That makes ZERO sense. There are times to be frustrated w/the club’s lack of investment and Stan (of the creepy mustache) Kroenke’s lack of investment. This situation with Bellerin is NOT… Read more »

I'm 14 again

Spot on Homer. We have Maitland Niles and his confidence is growing. Why not give him a spot and have Jenko as back up? If we need someone in midfield where AMN could feature, there is always Mo Elneny

Pedro0785

Get well soon Hector! So gutted for him and for us! I’m no athlete or physio…is there something that could help prevent this type of injury from a prep, warm up, gym work point of view? Seems terrible luck to lose 2 in one season.

Yankee Gooner

if there were, you’d have to assume every professional team and athlete would be doing those measures. All the football and training that younger players put on their bodies from such an incredibly young age seems a likely factor, imho.

Homer

Off topic: nice, well put together read by Lewis Ambrose. Top marks.
Check it out.

Cacho

I think at this point the A in ACL stands for Arsenal. Terrible news. Hopefully he can come up with even worse outfits during his time away.

shokim

Get well soon, Hector. You’ll be missed.

TdotO

Tought luck! Hector, you’ll be missed brother.

Spanish Gooner

I devastated for Hector, but the club must take some responsibility here I feel. Once again we have a young talented player who was played non-stop for three years (we are now in the third consecutive season where he is the only premier league quality right back at the club) and as we have seen with Wilshere and others, players need breaks. It’s a testament to Hector’s fitness and professionalism that he avoided significant injury as long as he did.

santori

Real shame. He just came back into the squad.

AMN has been decent if he doesn’t get too adventurous going forward. He has plenty of strength and recovery pace.

BUT Hector is still ahead in terms of balance going forward and defensive awareness.

Hope AMN stays fit for rest of season and can build on the opportunity to improve further.

Beyond him, the prospects are scary with the over the hill Lichsteiner and the frankly piss poor Jenkinson whom we can’t even off load to Championship.

Badaab

Waiting for the inevitable “Arsenal out for remainder of season” headline.

Sue

Oh god I don’t want to see Lichtsteiner in the team

Matt P

Heal well Hector