Arsenal Star’s Season Could Be Over After Club Statement Confirms Ligament Damage
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is facing a battle to play again this season after suffering ankle ligament damage during the 4-1 win over West Ham.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is facing a battle to play again this season after the club confirmed he sustained ankle ligament damage during the 4-1 win over West Ham.
Elneny was forced off on a stretcher and replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles just before half time during our 4-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday after rolling his ankle while being challenged by Mark Noble.
The Egyptian international looked distraught as he left the field and Arsene Wenger said immediately after the game the injury looked bad but he wouldn’t speculate over a recovery period until further tests were conducted.
The X-ray results are now in and a statement on Arsenal.com this afternoon confirmed that Elneny has damaged ligaments in his left ankle but the club are hopeful he’ll be able to play again this season.
The statement read:
Further to assessments and scans on Sunday and Monday, we can confirm that Mo Elneny has sustained ligament damage to his left ankle.
We are hoping that Mo will available for Arsenal again this season and we are keeping in regular contact with the Egyptian Football Association.
Obviously Elneny has been ruled out of our upcoming Europa League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid and it looks like he could miss our remaining Premier League games against Man Utd, Burnley, Leicester and Huddersfield.
It seems Arsenal have still not given up hope of the midfielder returning before the end of the season but Mahmoud Fayez – who’s assistant manager of the Egyptian national team – claims Elneny is facing three weeks on the sidelines.
Fayez is quoted by the Express as saying:
“I just contacted Elneny after he finished his X-ray and thankfully his injury is not serious and he will be out of action for three weeks.
“He will join us in the World Cup.”
Obviously this is positive news for Egypt as it means Elneny will be fit for the World Cup but if this time-frame is accurate then the 25-year-old will miss the rest of the season with Arsenal. The only positive is Elneny could be back in time to play in the Europa League final on May 16th if we manage to get past Atletico Madrid.
It’s a big blow to lose him as Elneny has been playing well lately but thankfully it looks like Jack Wilshere will be back in contention on Thursday night so he’ll give us another option in midfield.
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