Arsenal boss offers injury update after key man is forced off against Crystal Palace

By on October 28, 2018


Unai Emery has confirmed Hector Bellerin picked up an injury during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bellerin once again started at right-back against the Eagles as we looked to extend our winning run to 12 matches in all competitions and he missed a great chance to open the scoring midway through the first half as he saw a shot blocked from 12 yards.

However, the Spanish defender failed to appear after the half-time interval and he was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back for the second half.

Reporter James Olley – who works for the Evening Standard – said on Twitter after the game he saw Bellerin limping slightly as he left Selhurst Park but was walking unaided – which was a positive sign.

Speaking to the media in his post-match interview, Emery confirmed that Hector picked up a muscle injury against Palace but it’s too early to say how serious it is so he doesn’t know whether he’ll be available to face Liverpool next weekend.

When asked for an update on Bellerin, Emery told Arsenal.com:

“Yes, he’s injured. I hope it’s not a big injury, but he had muscular pains.

“I don’t know [whether he’s a doubt for the Liverpool game next Saturday].”

Let’s pray the injury is nothing serious as losing Bellerin is the last thing we need ahead of a crunch game against Liverpool. We’ve already had to make-do without our two left-backs recently so it would be a huge blow if Bellerin was to join the list of absentees.

I suppose it’s a positive sign that he managed to play-on until half-time as if the muscle injury was serious enough he’d have had to leave during the opening forty-five minutes – unless of course he suffered the injury right at the end of the half.

No doubt he’ll be further assessed by Arsenal’s medical team at London Colney tomorrow so we’ll keep you up-to-date with any developments.