Granit Xhaka could be sidelined for up to two months after suffering knee ligament damage in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sp*rs.
The Switzerland international seemed to jar his knee in a collision with Lucas Moura in the build-up to the visitors’ consolation goal and was substituted after receiving extensive treatment.
After the match, Mikel Arteta said, “I’m pretty worried because it doesn’t look very positive at the moment.”
The player’s wife has since shared a picture (see below) of the 29-year-old wearing a heavy-duty brace.
Erste Diagnose: Granit Xhaka hat einen Innenbandriss im rechten Knie erlitten. Er fällt mindestens 6 bis 8 Wochen aus. Weitere Untersuchungen stehen an – aber ein Kreuzbandriss kann ausgeschlossen werden pic.twitter.com/xo1w9VtppU
— Andreas Böni (@AndreasBoeni) September 28, 2021
While Xhaka appears to have escaped a dreaded cruciate injury, according to Swiss journalist Andreas Böni, the rupture sustained by a ligament in his right knee will see him miss between six to eight weeks.
If that proves to be the case, he’ll sit out matches with Brighton, Palace, Villa, Leeds, Leicester, Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United.
Retained in the summer after a move to AS Roma fell through, the midfielder started the season captaining the side before his red card at Manchester City earned him a three-game suspension. He subsequently missed three games for his country after picking up Covid.
Xhaka played well in the north London derby and will no doubt be gutted he can’t help his teammates build on the three-game winning streak they’ve put together. Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mo Elneny represent options in reserve and Arteta has also deployed Martin Odegaard in a deeper position alongside Thomas Partey.
Like him or not – and let’s be honest, he’s as Marmite a player as they come – Xhaka will be missed during this period. Get well soon.
We expect confirmation of this news on Thursday ahead of the trip to Brighton.