Thursday, April 25, 2024

Smith Rowe reveals four-year struggle with groin issues

Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that the groin injury that required surgery in September has been causing him issues since he was 18.

Handed his debut by Unai Emery, the midfielder had six first team appearances to his name when his groin struggles began in November 2018 and he spent the first half of 2019 on the sidelines, including the majority of a loan spell with RB Leipzig.

He was still working his way back to full fitness when the 2019/20 campaign began but didn’t start playing regular senior football until a successful spell at Huddersfield Town. A shoulder injury added to Emile’s misery on his return but he finally came good in the second half of the 2020/21 season adding much-needed energy to Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

He continued to hold down a regular place in the starting lineup until this time last year at which point his minutes were regulated and he featured more as an impact sub. Something clearly wasn’t right and when he ended up missing most of pre-season, alarm bells started to ring.

He eventually succumbed accepted the need for an operation after a significant setback during the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United but is now fit and feeling positive about the future.

“A lot of people might not know, but I have had this injury since I was 18/19,” he told

“It has been quite hard to deal with it over the years. But I am really happy that it is just finally over. I had a successful surgery and I am really feeling really good.”

Following a four-month lay-off, Smith Rowe finally returned to first team action as a substitute in last night’s 3-0 win over Oxford United.

The 22-year-old now hopes to make an impact in the second half of the season having had a frustrating watching brief while his teammates have excelled.

“It’s really good to be back on the pitch with my teammates,” he said.

“It’s been difficult being out for this long – I don’t think I’ve had this [long a lay-off] before – but at the same time, we are top of the league and playing really well, so I can’t complain! I am just going to kick on from here.”

Despite not being able to play, manager Mikel Arteta has been sure to stay in close contact with Smith Rowe, who even sat in on pre-game tactical discussions when he wasn’t doing rehabilitation sessions abroad.

“I was pretty much with them from the start after surgery. I was in all the meetings, trying to keep up with the knowledge and learnings every day that we needed to apply in training,” he said.

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King 14enry

Didn’t think I would read this much about another man’s groin when I woke up today, but here we are…

Nice to see him back, shaking off the cobwebs


There were some obvious cobwebs in the minutes he played last night. Fingers crossed he is able to shake them fast, but it wouldn’t be unusual after such a long gap for him to take a couple of months to find form again.

Cliff Bastin

Stayed married long enough and we all have cobwebs in our groins too.


That’s why it is paramount to hire a 3rd party for clearing away the cobwebs…

Can't Think Of A Clever Name

“He eventually succumbed to an operation” makes for slightly morbid reading. Maybe think of changing the wording there?


‘eventually accepted the necessity of…’ – perhaps ?

Man Manny

In the present, he’s back fit and raring to go. That should compensate for the morbidity of the wording about the past.


“finally surrendered in the field to a brutal enemy forces operation and subjected to invasive groin surgery”


He’s done very well if he’s been struggling all along with this injury.

Let’s hope it’s fixed for good now, reckon he can get even better if so.

Funsho Patrick

New signing! Welcome back… especially after the first half of last night’s match….his versatility as an 8 and 10 matter now more than ever….still one body left at least to add in midfield…the thought of last night’s starters featuring in any match against city frightens me….

Hulahoops Baptista

Hope this man has a healthy groin going forward.


Smith Rowe has been carrying this injury for a few years and it wasn’t that long ago the boy was literally on fire for us … I’m rather excited to see how he performs once he gets match fit and beds back down in to the team ….. as he offers something a little different from what already have… beautiful


Last minute winning goal against Spuds????


Except we really ought to have those fuckers dead and buried by half time.


You beat me to it!

😉 👍 🍺


Phrase LANS never more apt here


Is ‘learnings’ a direct quote ?

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