Arsenal's Hector Bellerin to Miss Rest of Season with Knee Injury
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin to Miss Rest of Season with Knee Injury. (Photo Credit: IANS)

London, January 23: Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a knee cruciate ligament injury, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old player sustained the injury during Arsenal's London derby against Chelsea in a Premier League contest at the Emirates stadium on Saturday, reports Efe news. Cristiano Ronaldo Tax Evasion Case: Spanish Court Awards 23-Month Prison Sentence to Former Real Madrid Star, Fined USD 21 Million.

"We can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee," Arsenal said in a statement on the club's official website, "Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days."

The club added that Bellerin will recover from his injury within six to nine months, which sidelines him for the rest of this season and may affect his play at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.

Arsenal's Spanish head coach, Unai Emery, said he would rely on defenders Ainsley Maitland-Niels and Stephan Lichsteiner to play in Bellerin's absence.

In other injury-related news, Arsenal said that Armenian captain and the London side's attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has recovered from his right foot metatarsal fracture, and is expected to be back training with the team this week.