Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz has had a small procedure on his right knee and will be sidelined for the upcoming weeks.
The Gunners first reported the issue on Friday after the player felt discomfort in training and Mikel Arteta hinted after last night’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool that the player had a couple of treatment options.
Asked how long the centre-back might be out for, he said: “I don’t know. It will depend what the decision we take is. If it’s more conservative, it will be short-term. If it’s a bit more radical with what he needs, it will take longer.”
Given the club think he could be back sooner rather than later, it suggests we’ve gone for the former option.
“David Luiz underwent a small procedure on his right knee on Sunday morning,” reads a statement from the club.
“The procedure has been a success and David is now back at home rehabilitating. He will be able to return to daily support and recovery with our medical team at the training centre in the coming days. David is expected to be back to full fitness and available for selection in the upcoming weeks.”
In the absence of the 33-year-old, the Gunners will need to find defensive solidity utilising our other four options; Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Gabriel.
Luiz’s contract is up in the summer and the club have been weighing up whether to offer him an extension. If this procedure is a temporary measure and he requires more extensive surgery when the season ends, we’re going to have to assess whether that’s sensible.
In the meantime, we wish David all the best with his recovery.