Arsenal’s Rob Holding has suffered a long-term knee injury which is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the ongoing campaign. The 23-year-old sustained the damage following a collision with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford during the first period of the 2-2 Premier League draw on Wednesday night.
Gunners boss Unai Emery had already indicated that Holding had not sustained a minor injury and following the necessary medical tests, the north London have now confirmed that the versatile defender has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee which could keep him out for between ‘six and nine months‘.
With Holding’s injury, the club are currently left with just two fit central defenders in the form of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Unai Emery may urge the duo to be cautious in the forthcoming match against Huddersfield Town with both within one yellow card of receiving a domestic suspension.
Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has recently made his comeback with the Under-23s following a long-term Achilles problem and the club-captain should return to the mix during the festive period. Aside from Koscielny, Nacho Monreal is another, who has made a comeback to training after his recent hamstring problem and he could be drafted into the heart of the backline with the hectic schedule ahead.
Arsenal have experienced an impressive first half of the season under new manager Unai Emery and they are currently on a 20-match unbeaten run across all competitions following their 2-2 draw on the road to United. Still, the Gunners are behind the final Champions League qualification spot on goal difference to Chelsea and they have no leverage when they tackle Huddersfield Town at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
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