Carl Jenkinson looks set to have his second West Ham loan deal cut short after the right-back suffered cruciate ligament damage and will be out for the rest of the season, as reported by the Mirror.
The 23-year-old hasn’t been quite as impressive as he was last season, and has been battling for a starting spot with James Tomkins. It is still a massive blow that he’s suffered such a serious injury, and will certainly impact his development.
His struggles at West Ham even had some sections of the Arsenal fan base believing he might be recalled from loan early, potentially to replace the exit linked Mathieu Debuchy this January (via the Daily Mail).
That seemed unlikely even before the injury, and now there is absolutely no chance the England international will be playing a part this season.
Jenkinson suffered the injury during his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, damaging his foot in a challenge with Sergio Aguero. West Ham officials initially thought the injury was fairly minor, but it has now been confirmed that is far worse than first feared.
The Mirror’s report suggests he will undergo surgery in the next few days, and will then begin his rehabilitation back with Arsenal as opposed to West Ham.
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The piece goes on to claim that Jenkinson’s injury mean Debuchy’s Emirates exit will now be restricted to a loan rather than a permanent deal, but it’s hard to see Jenkinson’s injury actually effecting the Frenchman’s move. Debuchy doesn’t appear to have a future at Arsenal anyway, and he’s been totally left out in the cold this season. Reports already suggested we were looking to loan him out anyway, but if we can find a buyer willing to match our valuation Arsene Wenger may well let him leave.