Hector Bellerin, a right back from Arsenal, will be out of six to nine months after suffering a cruciate ligament during Saturday’s victory over Chelsea, British media reported on Tuesday.
Pelerin was playing his first essential match after returning from a calf injury. He was injured in the knee during the second half of the game in front of Chelsea and left the field on a stretcher.
The 23-year-old has been hit by a new blow to coach Onai Emery, who has already lost defender Rob Holding to the end of the season because of a similar knee problem last month.
The Spanish coach said he had other options to fill the center of Pelerin and would probably not enter the transfer market to sign a replacement.
Emre had earlier said he could only sign players on loan in the transfer window in January.
« Our Inesley (Maitland-Niles) can help us play as a right back or right wing. We also have Stephan Liechtenstein. »
« Do not forget Carl Jenkinson, too. He has played some matches and is ready to help us when he needs it. »
Arsenal host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday before returning to the Premier League at Cardiff City on January 29.