Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could be ruled out of action for up to three months if scans today reveal the Frenchman requires surgery on his dislocated shoulder.
The France international suffered the blow after a shove from Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic caused him to fall into the advertising hoardings at the side of the pitch, and was promptly replaced by Hector Bellerin, who acquitted himself well against a typically physical Potters side.
According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners staff are quietly hopeful that Debuchy will not need an operation, and could instead return in six weeks, but there is a real risk that he could be ruled out for far longer if he needs to go under the knife.
That would rule him out until April, which would be a devastating blow for his first season, having already missed a large chunk of the campaign due to an ankle issue.
However, from an Arsenal point of view, it’s better to see an injury in January than February, for at least this gives us the opportunity to seek reinforcements.