LONDON – Arsenal announced on Tuesday that defender Hector Bellerin will be out of action for up to nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in his team’s win against Chelsea.
Bellerin, 23, went down unchallenged during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday, and was carried off on a stretcher.
The 23-year-old was making his first start since mid-December, having overcome a calf problem, but will now miss the remainder of the season and possibly the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
“Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee,” the club said in a statement on their website.
“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months, and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season.