Tomas Rosicky has been dogged by injury for quite some time, and now faces a further eight weeks on the sidelines following knee surgery, according to The Guardian.
The 34-year-old suffered the injury while on international duty with the Czech Republic, and has been absent since their Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland.
He has looked close to a return for a while, but as the report suggests, will now be out for another four to eight weeks.
The Guardian claim that his agent has confirmed the news, with Rosicky undergoing arthroscopic surgery on 4 August.
He was expected to leave the club this summer, with his role in the side hugely diminished last season. Arsene Wenger opted to take up an option to extend his contract by a year however (via The Guardian), so he will seemingly be staying with us for at least another season.
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It was strange that Rosicky didn’t feature more last season, especially considering the impact he had on the side in the latter stages of the 2013/14 campaign. It’s hard to see him being handed much more game time this season though, and barring an injury crisis it seems unlikely that we’ll see much of the Little Mozart.