Emery confirms fresh injury blow after ruling Arsenal star out for “some weeks”

By on December 16, 2018


Unai Emery has confirmed a fresh blow as it looks like Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is facing some time on the sidelines after picking up a knock against Southampton today.

Bellerin was recalled in the right wing-back role this afternoon after being rested against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday but the Spanish international endured a frustrating time at St Mary’s.

After a disappointing opening forty-five minutes that saw us losing 2-1 at the break, Bellerin ended the first half limping after suffering a knock and was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette at half-time.

Speaking after our 3-2 defeat to Southampton – which ended our 22-game unbeaten run – Emery told reporters that Bellerin has picked up a ‘small’ injury but still expects the full-back to miss ‘some weeks’.

Another injury in defence is the last thing we need as Sead Kolasinac missed today’s game with a thigh injury, Shkodran Mustafi is struggling with a hamstring problem while Rob Holding has been ruled out for the season with a knee ligament injury.

We also missed Sokratis today due to suspension and the returning Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal looked well off the pace which resulted in a horror-show at the back against lowly Southampton.

Emery is hoping Mustafi and Kolasinac won’t be out for too long and Bellerin will be assessed over the coming days to determine the full extent of his injury.

The boss told Arsenal.com:

“We are going to wait tomorrow and Tuesday, and Wednesday we are going play, and then Saturday also,”

“We need every player. Bellerin has a small injury – he is going to be some weeks off I think.

“Sokratis is coming back and we will see how Mustafi and Kolasinac are, and it is good news Koscielny can be with us for the next matches. It is not a good result but it was important for us [to have them back].”

It would be a nightmare if Bellerin was ruled out of the festive period as we have games against Tottenham [League Cup], Burnley, Brighton, Liverpool and Fulham coming up over the next two weeks.

Even a minor injury would probably rule Hector out of those games so it looks like Stephan Lichtsteiner or Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be called upon to fill-in on the right side over the coming matches.