Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow after it was reported that Hector Bellerin is out for the rest of the month after damaging ankle ligaments in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
According to IBTimes UK, the full-back will miss the games against Manchester United and PSG as well as clashes with Bournemouth and Southampton with the problem that forced him out of Spain Under-21 duty.
Bellerin had been called up for the European Championship play-off against Austria on Friday but missed two training sessions before being released and replaced by Javier Manquillo.
The report claims Bellerin has been suffering with an ankle problem for some weeks which was the reason he was left out of the Champions League trip to Ludogorets.
Bellerin returned against Spurs and played the full 90 minutes but aggravated the injury during the 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
The defender has now had the ankle assessed and been ruled out of action for three to four weeks, with the injury coming at a particularly bad time for Arsenal.
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The Gunners, who famously traditionally struggle in November, face a trip to Old Trafford before a crucial Champions League clash with PSG which may well determine who tops the group and receives a more favourable draw in the knockout stages.
Arsenal also face Bournemouth in the Premier League before a League Cup quarter-final showdown with Southampton at the Emirates.
The news is bound to disappoint manager Arsene Wenger who has today revealed his anger at Chile’s decision not to release Alexis Sanchez after he picked up an injury over international duty.
With tough fixtures to come, and Arsenal two points behind leaders Liverpool, the manager will be hoping the rest of his players come through the international break unscathed.