Arsenal have confirmed that the knee injury sustained by Gabriel Martinelli will rule him out of the club’s final games of the 2019/20 season.
The Brazilian clashed knees with a teammate in training last week leaving Mikel Arteta to rue the club’s bad luck with injuries ahead of yesterday’s win at Southampton.
He’s since had has a “successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee”. Basically, keyhole surgery.
Martinelli had been on the bench against Manchester City and Brighton but didn’t actually get on the pitch in either game.
Elsewhere, Pablo Mari has also undergone surgery. The Spaniard picked up an ankle problem at the Etihad last week. Like Martinelli, he’s out for the rest of this campaign. The club reckon he could face up to three months on the sidelines which means he might even miss the start of next season.
In better news, Cedric Soares is in contention for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Sheffield United on Sunday. David Luiz will be available for selection having served his two-game suspension and so too will Kieran Tierney, who went down with cramp last night. The Scot doesn’t seem to like the hot weather too much.
We should also be able to call on Lucas Torreira soon. The Uruguayan is aiming to return to full training in the coming days.