Arsenal star Emile Smith-Rowe has been ruled out for at least two months, and may not play again until Christmas, after surgery for a groin injury… ending his World Cup hopes and dealing a blow to Mikel Arteta before a schedule full of matches.
- Arsenal confirm Emile Smith-Rowe is out of action until at least December
- The 22-year-old underwent surgery for an existing groin problem in London this week.
- The Gunners will need a deep roster as they play nine games in October.
Emile Smith-Rowe could be sidelined until the new year after the Arsenal attacker underwent groin surgery.
The 22-year-old has been plagued by injury and illness for much of this year, hampering his progress and playing opportunities.
In recent months, Smith Rowe has been battling groin discomfort and suffered a ‘significant setback’ while warming up after Arsenal’s loss to Manchester United earlier this month.
Emile Smith-Rowe has been ruled out of action after undergoing surgery for a groin problem
After consulting medical staff, he underwent “successful” surgery in London in recent days to “repair a damaged tendon”.
He now faces a lengthy rehabilitation period, with Arsenal hoping to return to full training in December.
With the mid-season break for the Qatar World Cup, that would mean the soonest Smith Rowe could make an appearance again would be Boxing Day.
Smith-Rowe aggravated an existing groin problem when he came on as a substitute against Manchester United
Around this time last year, the attacker’s fine form earned him a first cap from England.
But any dim hopes he had of making the World Cup squad have now faded and a few weeks ago Mikel Arteta admitted he was worried about the 22-year-old’s “ongoing” physical problems.
It’s very frustrating. He is a boy who loves to play soccer. He is the greatest thing in his life. And when he’s not able to do that, especially after the series of games and (performances) he had with us the year before, it’s just hard,” he said.
“When he’s been trying to train, he hasn’t felt 100 percent fit or pain-free. This is the main concern and we have to find a solution to that. We are trying.
Smith-Rowe’s groin problem has restricted him to just four appearances in all competitions this season, but his absence deals a considerable blow to Arteta.
The Gunners will need a deep squad as they play nine games in the Premier League and Europa League in October.
Smith-Rowe’s absence deals a serious blow to Mikel Arteta ahead of a packed schedule
Arteta said Arsenal will need to ‘surround’ Smith Rowe with the ‘right habits and the right people’ to help him handle football’s increasingly ‘demanding’ workload.
“We’re trying to help him as much as possible in any way we can… we need him to perform at his best because he’s a very important player for us,” he said.
Arsenal top the Premier League table ahead of the North London derby against Tottenham on Saturday. Arteta’s side have 18 points after their first seven matches, one ahead of champion Manchester City in second place.