Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a small fracture in his tibia which will see him miss up to two months (via Arsenal.com).
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It was a disappointing opening day for Arsenal as the Gunners lost 2-0 to Manchester City at the Emirates.
There were some definite pleasing moments but watching Ainsley Maitland-Niles limping off the field in the first half was not one of them.
The youngster had put in a decent performance up until that point but hobbled off the pitch and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The injury to Maitland-Niles was obvious but now, the club has confirmed the extent of the knock picked up by the 20-year-old.
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According to the official club website, Maitland-Niles has “sustained a small fracture to his left fibula and will be out for six to eight weeks.”
Also expected to miss the next few months is Carl Jenkinson who has suffered a “significant sprain to his right ankle”, and Sead Kolasinac who won’t return to training until October.
It’s a blow to Ainsley Maitland-Niles at this time. The 20-year-old is a hugely useful squad player who can play almost every position on the week. He started at left-back with Sead Kolasinac’s injury which has put the strain on Nacho Monreal and his probable backup, Stephan Lichtsteiner.