Hector Bellerin’s Arsenal comeback timetable
Evening Standard reporter James Olley has posted an update on Hector Bellerin’s injury timetable on Tuesday.
Back in January, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League.
Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny found the target in the win.
Sadly for the Gunners, though, the victory came at a cost, as Hector Bellerin suffered a terrible injury in the second-half against the Blues.
It was later confirmed that Bellerin sustained a knee injury which was set to keep the Spaniard out of action for six to nine months.
According to the Evening Standard, Bellerin is likely to only return towards the end of that original nine-month timeframe:
Hector Bellerin will miss the start of next season as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
No exact return date has been specified as yet but he is expected to miss several weeks of the new campaign at the very least.
Exclusive: Hector Bellerin set to miss the start of next season as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. No setback – is progressing well enough – but is likely to be towards the end of the initial “six-to-nine month” timescale. Story here: https://t.co/oTEJkjYxn5
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) June 18, 2019
Liverpool & Tottenham
If Bellerin misses the opening three to four weeks of the 2019-20 season, he’ll miss a couple of big games against Liverpool and Tottenham.
While Arsenal get their season underway with a tricky away trip to Newcastle United, the Gunners’ first home match of the season will be against Burnley.
A trip to Liverpool’s Anfield awaits on August 24th, while Arsenal take on Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season on August 31st.
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Who will start the season as Arsenal’s right-back?
Well, it won’t be Stephan Lichtsteiner, after the Swiss defender left the club at the end of last season.
That only really leaves Ainsley Maitland-Niles, after the youngster filled in at full-back at the end of last season.