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Injured Arsenal star confirms he’ll miss at least another 5 games
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been speaking to the Mirror and confirmed that he’s hoping to be back playing again inside four weeks.
Bellerin has been out since suffering ankle ligament damage during the final stages of our 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the start of November following a tackle from Danny Rose.
The 21-year-old withdrew from duty with the Spanish under-21’s during the international break with Arsene Wenger suggesting at his press conference on November 17th that Hector would be out for around 4 weeks.
Bellerin has now offered an update on his recovery with the defender telling the Mirror things are going better than he expected and he’s due to resume running this week, however, Hector says it could still be four more weeks before he’s playing again.
“It’s going really good. Better than I expected,”
“It is a hard injury to recover from and a bit painful.
“But I am going to try to be running from this week and hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch in less than four weeks.”
It’s a rather confusing update as the Mirror portray this to be a ‘huge injury boost’ for Arsenal but I don’t see how it can be good news that Bellerin may not be back until the end of December.
Wenger’s original four-week time-frame had Bellerin returning around the 15th December which would have put him in contention to take on Manchester City on the 18th.
The Mirror claim that this game is now a highly optimistic comeback date and Bellerin is more likely to target the West Brom game the following week or even the Crystal Palace clash on New Years day as his more realistic return date.
Even if Bellerin manages to make the City game, he’ll still sit out our next five games against Southampton, West Ham, FC Basel, Stoke City and Everton, while the worst case scenario would see him miss two more games with City and WBA.
Mathieu Debuchy is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury against Bournemouth on Sunday so it looks as though Carl Jenkinson or Gabriel will have to fill in at right-back over the coming weeks.