Gunners confirm Xhaka setback

Gunners confirm Xhaka setback

Arsenal have released a statement confirming that Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka will be sidelined for "approximately three months" with a knee injury.


Gunners on the up

Arsenal lost their opening three Premier League fixtures, failing to score in each of those, but Sunday's north London derby victory over Tottenham has propelled them up to 10th.

Xhaka was back in the starting XI for the 3-1 victory over Spurs at the Emirates after serving a three-game suspension following his sending off in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

However, the Switzerland international sustained a significant injury in the derby and was pictured with a brace on his right knee on Instagram on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old went for a scan to determine the full extent of the injury on Tuesday and the club have confirmed he doesn't require surgery, although he's likely to be unavailable until January.

Arsenal confirm setback

Arsenal said in a statement: "Further to injuring his right knee during Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, assessments and scans have confirmed that Granit Xhaka suffered a significant injury to his medial knee ligament.

"A specialist consultation took place in London on Tuesday evening which has determined that Granit does not require surgery.

"Granit’s recovery and rehabilitation programme will start immediately and we are aiming for him to be back in action in approximately three months."