Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for around four weeks after picking up an injury during the North London derby.
The defender suffered the setback to his ankle in the clash against Tottenham on November 6 and even though he travelled with the Spanish under-21s during the international break, he has been unable to shake off the knock.
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“Hector is out for four weeks. He was injured in the last 10 seconds against spurs with a strong tackle by Danny Rose,” Arsene Wenger told The Daily Mail.
Bellerin will miss the huge Premier League game against Manchester United on Saturday along with the crucial Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain that will decide who tops their group.
Other domestic fixtures he could miss include Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham United, Stoke Cityand Everton.
The injury leaves Wenger with a selection dilemma for the clash against United.
Mathieu Debuchy has had a calf problem, meaning Carl Jenkinson may get the nod at right-back even though he is still looking to gain full fitness following a lengthy lay-off.
Furthermore to the Arsenal boss’ worries, he must decide whether or not to select Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean scored twice for his country midweek, despite playing with a hamstring problem.
“What I will consider is the risk of injury. I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover,” said Wenger.
“We were in doubt 24 hours before the game against Uruguay. We didn’t know if he’d play or not. In the end they decided to play him. He texted us to tell us he’s in good shape after the game. He came off after 84 minutes and now we have to wait.”