Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared

first_imgHector Bellerin still faces a long stretch on the sidelines (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have already been dealt an injury blow for the start of the forthcoming season with Hector Bellerin set to miss the opening weeks of the campaign.The right-back has been out of action since January with an injury to his left knee, which saw him need surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments.The initial diagnosis was the Spaniard would be out for between six and nine months, and it looks like it will be closer to the more pessimistic end of that scale.The Evening Standard are reporting that Bellerin will miss ‘several weeks’ at the start of the 2019/20 season, which begins on 11 August against Newcastle.ADVERTISEMENT Bellerin has been going through recovery since January (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Right-back is a position that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to strengthen this summer, with the Gunners linked with a move for PSG’s Thomas Meunier.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, with the transfer budget limited to around £45m at the Emirates, a deal for the Belgian would represent about half of the funds available to Emery this summer.With Stephan Lichtsteiner leaving the club, right-backs are thin on the ground at Arsenal and Emery so Bellerin’s extended absence will come as disappointing news for Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal do look set to sign a forward in 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli although their moves in the likes of Ryan Fraser and Yannick Carrasco appear to have slowed to a halt.Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba remains another key defensive target, but the clubs continue to haggle over price.With money tight at the Emirates, club legend Charlie Nicholas has encouraged Emery to sell Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira to free up funds.MORE: Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outMORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Martinelli transfer in coming days Advertisement Comment Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared Advertisement Phil HaighTuesday 18 Jun 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shareslast_img

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