Arsenal (England) have been dealt a ‘major blow’ at the start of the season. Defender Julien Timber, 22, a new signing this summer, is expected to be out for an extended period of time with a suspected anterior cruciate ligament tear. It’s a “huge blow” for Mikel Arteta, 41, who Wenger had planned to use as a starter.
“Timber has undergone a scan and it has been confirmed that he has an injury to his right knee,” the Gunners announced on their official website on Friday (July 15), adding, “He will undergo further tests over the next few days to get a full assessment of the injury.”
Arsenal did not specify the nature of the injury, as it has yet to be examined, but local reports suggest a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. The injury is believed to be serious as the player was holding his knee and holding himself up.
It’s a “major setback” for Arsenal. Normally, an anterior cruciate ligament rupture requires at least six months of treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation. Even if Timber does return, it could take him longer to get back to full match fitness and form. In effect, he’s facing a season-ending injury.
Arsenal signed Timber from Ajax (Netherlands) this summer for £40 million. With the ability to play center back, full back, and even holding midfielder, he was as much of a surprise as Arteta could have hoped for, and he certainly made his mark in the Community Shield. However, an injury that forced him off in the opening game threw a wrench into the plans, causing a ‘super emergency’ early on. 스포츠토토
Arsenal have been criticized for creating a “major setback” for themselves. Timber actually felt knee pain during the first half, but the medical staff misdiagnosed the problem and told him he was fine to continue, which led to a serious injury. The injury could have been prevented early on.