In news that isn’t that surprising, the Evening Standard reports that Hector Bellerin will sit out the start of the 2019/20 campaign as he continues his rehabilitation from ACL surgery.
After sustaining an injury during January’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, the Spaniard went under the knife and was ruled out for between six to nine months. That timeline had him pencilled in for a return between July and the end of September. As things stand it’s looking likely to be nearer the latter.
Last season, Hector’s absence at right-back was covered by Stephan Lichtsteiner, Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. You’d expect Unai Emery to lean on the latter once again what with the Swiss leaving and the Corporal likely to do the same.
There was talk of Arsenal spending big money on PSG’s Belgian Thomas Meunier but that seems unlikely given our limited transfer budget. Academy prospect Jordi Osei-Tutu is another potential option depending on how he gets on during pre-season and whether or not he’s sent out on loan.
There is no suggestion that Hector has suffered a setback in his recovery, so we’ll just wish him all the best over the next couple of months. Unlike most of the squad who will be on their hols, he’ll be putting in some hard yards in the gym this summer.