Guardian: Bellerin out until end of season
- Hector was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate knee ligament.
- The earliest possible return date is the start of the next season.
According to the Guardian, the Spaniard won't feature this campaign again after picking up a heavy injury in a 2-0 win vs Chelsea. The full-back suffered a ruptured cruciate knee ligament. He faces a long spell on the sidelines. The date of return depends on the final diagnosis. Bellerin awaits a medical verdict if he has damaged the meniscus and other parts of the joint.
The 23-year-old is another Gunner who requires surgery. Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are already out for the rest of the season after being operated on.
Unai Emery earlier confirmed that Hector had picked up an 'important' injury. The boss will have to find a solution to cover right back position as Arsenal host United on Friday in the FA Cup.
Héctor Bellerín (ruptured cruciate ligament) joins Danny Welbeck (right ankle) & Rob Holding (left knee) on the sidelines as long-term injuries for Arsenal that will miss the rest of the season. #afc pic.twitter.com/d3KrEjf8Py— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 21, 2019
"We have Ainsley," the gaffer said at post-Chelsea press conference. "He is playing with good pieces, today also he played well I think. He can help us by playing like a right back or a right winger. And also, Lichtsteiner is another player for playing there and I think we have players. I don't forget Jenkinson because he is with us, he played some matches and if we need [him], he is okay to help us."
The club have a scarce transfer budget. In fact, the Gunners can only sign players on loan deals in winter, which was confirmed earlier.
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