Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could be out for up to nine months after suffering knee ligament damage, according to reports.]
The Spaniard collapsed in agony during the Gunners 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday and was carried off on a stretcher in the 72nd minute.
Surgery may be need to fix his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament with a source telling The Sun: “We’re seeking further medical advice but it does not look good.”
Arsenal medical staff could only take the defender for a scan yesterday due to the severe swelling around the joint.
The news comes as a major blow to Arsenal, who will have to rely on Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stephan Lichtsteiner to cover, at such a crucial point in the season.