As the final note to the Mesut Ozil drama that has been unfolding throughout the day, we have confirmed news that Ozil has injured his knee and will be sidelined for at least two months and probably more. This is a devastating blow to the already struggling Arsenal team, who have several members of the first team on the bench for the long term.
The club has announced that the German midfielder will miss up to 10-12 weeks of action after injuring his knee in the Premier League. This was after the German FA carried out a thorough medical assessment of the player in Munich. The FA then released a statement that read:
The MRI examination today at National Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint.
The treatment is conservative, with six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be (out for) 10 to 12 weeks.
It is not clear if this was a lingering issue or if the injury was sustained in Arsenal’s game against Chelsea. As was reported earlier today, Ozil had joined his German teammates in Munich for their upcoming Euro qualifying matches. German doctors said Ozil was already injured when he arrived, clearing the German federation of any possible backlash from Arsenal or Gunners fans.
If Ozil’s recovery follows the doctor’s initial timetable, he may be out of Premier League action until after Christmas. While his form has been criticized recently, losing another midfielder for an elongated period could really hurt Arsenal’s chance both domestically and in Europe. He will miss key fixtures like the rest of the Gunners’ UEFA Champions League group stage matches, including the key Group D showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund on 26 November.
Let’s hope he gets well soon.