Arsenal’s Bellerin out for season with ACL rupture

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22 Jan 2019, 16:51 IST
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Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is carried away on a stretcher

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee towards Chelsea, the membership have confirmed.

The Spain right-back appeared to twist his left knee earlier than falling to the Emirates Stadium turf and departed on a stretcher after 72 minutes on Saturday.

Bellerin was making his first begin since struggling a calf pressure in December, and head coach Unai Emery accepted after the match issues had been “not constructive” for his defender.

Arsenal confirmed Emery’s fears on Tuesday, revealing he’s anticipated to be out for between six and 9 months and can subsequently not characteristic once more this time period.

“Additional to the damage sustained throughout our match towards Chelsea on Saturday, we are able to verify that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” the membership stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

“Hector will endure surgical procedure to restore this within the coming days. The rehabilitation course of is anticipated to take between six to 9 months and subsequently guidelines Hector out of motion for the rest of this season.

“Everybody on the membership will now be working as laborious as we are able to to make sure Hector is again on the pitch as quickly as doable subsequent season.”

Bellerin has made 19 appearances within the Premier League this season, 18 of which have come as begins.

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