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‘Major concerns’ Arsenal star could be out for months in latest injury setback

The Gunners have been dealt a major blow in the opening week of the season

There are major fears that Arsenal summer signing Jurrien Timber could be out for months after limping out of their opening day Premier League win over Nottigham Forest.

The Dutchman, who has become one of the first names on the teamsheet in the absence of Oleksandr Zinchenko, went down in a challenge with Brennan Johnson in the first half but came out after the interval seemingly okay.

However, minutes into the second half he went down again, this time under no pressure, and needed to be replaced by Takehiro Tomiyasu.

After the game, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explained that “the officials, the doctors, they looked at him and they were happy to continue, him as well, but straight away in the second half the first action he made a movement and it was a bit funny so we took him straight out and now we have to assess him to see what he has.”

Now, there are fears that he could be sidelined for some time. According to the Daily Mail, ‘there are major concerns that Timber may have suffered a significant knee ligament injury that will keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks’, while CBS Sport add that further examinations may be needed to ascertain whether Timber suffered any meniscus damage’, though an anterior cruciate ligament injury has also not yet been ruled out, which would see him miss much of the season.

Arsenal are already without Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko through injury, though the pair are expected to be back in training this week. They face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night but neither are expected to feature.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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