Carl Jenkinson may be ruled out for the remainder of the year after suffering a torn cruciate ligament in his knee, according to this report from Football Insider, with a lengthy layoff and rehabilitation likely to hinder his progress.
The talented defender who has been with the Gunners for four and half years since joining from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011, has been with West Ham United this campaign after a stellar loan spell last season under Sam Allardyce, but unfortunately has been returned to north London to seek treatment.
Jenkinson suffered the knee injury over the weekend in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City, colliding with Sergio Aguero and was not thought to be too serious.
However according to the report, the England international is likely to be sidelined for a substantial amount of the year, that could see him out of action for as long as twelve months.
We will know more over the coming days as his injury situation is clarified in the press, but it appears Jenkinson has suffered a cruel blow.
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In what has been a decisive season to save his Arsenal career, the 23-year-old needed to force his way into the Hammers side to gain regular top level football to ensure Arsene Wenger is convinced his future lay with the Gunners. Unfortunately under Slaven Bilic this season he has struggled however he will remain with Arsenal into the new year as he looks to recover.
Time is unfortunately running out for the lad who is a Gooner at heart, especially with Mathieu Debuchy’s future at the club in scrutiny it appeared the door had opened once more for Jenkinson. Best of luck to the right-back in his recovery.