Fresh injury blow confirmed: Arsenal star ruled out for ‘several weeks’

By on September 13, 2019

Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed a fresh injury blow with the news that Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out until October with an ankle problem.

Lacazette has been carrying the injury since pre-season when he sustained the issue at the Emirates Cup and he’s been playing through the pain barrier during our opening four Premier League games.

The striker didn’t feature against Newcastle on the opening weekend but came through 71 minutes during the win over Burnley. Lacazette played just 9 minutes against Liverpool before starting and scoring a crucial goal during the 2-2 draw with Tottenham late last month.

It was hoped the international break would give the Frenchman time to fully recover, however, Arsenal have assessed the ankle again this week and determined that Lacazette needs a prolonged period of rest in order to fully overcome the injury.

Therefore, the striker has been ruled out for ‘several weeks’ and isn’t expected to be back in contention until some point in October – which will come as a huge blow to Unai Emery.

A statement on Arsenal.com confirmed:

Alex Lacazette
Left ankle. After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness. Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.

It means Lacazette will now miss upcoming Premier League games against Watford, Aston Villa and Manchester United this month as well as cup games against Frankfurt and Nottingham Forest.

The Europa League game with Standard Liege and the league clash with Bournemouth in early October may also come too soon but Lacazette will be hopeful of being fit to take on Sheffield United after the October international break.

The injury is a huge blow for Arsenal as Emery had only just got all of his squad back in full training and the burden will now fall on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead the line up front during Lacazette’s absence.

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