Arsenal have confirmed that Calum Chambers suffered a rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend.
It means the 24 year old will miss the rest of the season, and will aim to be back in action in around 9 months time.
It’s a hammer blow for the centre-half who had looked to cement a regular place in the side in his favourite position in the last few weeks, having played a lot of football at right back this season.
It adds to Arsenal’s defensive woes too, with Kieran Tierney out until March, Sead Kolasinac troubled with an ankle problem, and both Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding struggling to regain full fitness after their own cruciate injuries. However, Holding was on the bench for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Man Utd at the Emirates, and he’s in contention to start Monday’s FA Cup game against Leeds.
Speculation about defensive reinforcement in January is mounting, with the Gunners again linked to Disgusting Energy Drink Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
The transfer window is open, and Mikel Arteta has spoken about how this injury might change the club’s plans, but in the meantime all we can do is wish Chambers a full and uncomplicated recovery from what is a horrible injury to suffer.
Good luck, Calum ?