Gabriel Martinelli sustains knee injury in training, to be out for months

Gabriel Martinelli sustains knee injury in training, to be out for months

- Gabriel Martinelli is set to spend lengthy time on the sidelines after he sustained a knee injury in training

- The Brazilian attacker damaged his cartilage as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made the announcement

- However, Granit Xhaka and Sokratis have returned to training after recovering from their respective injuries

Gabriel Martinelli is the latest casualty at Arsenal after suffering a knee injury in training that could rule him out for months.

The 19-year-old clashed with a teammate during their training session and damaged his cartilage making him the fourth player in the club to get injured since the resumption of the season.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta released a statement: "We had some really bad news again yesterday. In training in the last action he got hit by another player and he’s damaged his knee. The doctor is assessing the extent of the injury, but it’s not looking good at all. We don’t know (how long he’s going to be out for), but it’s looking like months."

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But goalkeeper Bernd Leno who suffered a nasty knee injury against Brighton did not damage a ligament.

This means that German shot-stopper will not stay on the sidelines for too long after the 28-year-old was assessed.

It is understood that the former Bayer Leverkusen number one will need four to six weeks to recover fully.

Gabriel Martinelli sustains knee injury in training, to be out for months

Gabriel Martinelli sustains knee injury in training, set to be out for months. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Arteta added: "We thought it was going to be a more significant injury. We still don’t know the full extent but we know at least the cruciate ligaments are not damaged.

"That was the biggest fear at the start. But he was more positive and in less pain, so that’s good news."

Granit Xhaka who had an ankle problem against Man City and Sokratis who missed the restart of the Premier League season have both returned to training.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Matteo Guendouzi will not be punished for grabbing Neal Maupay's throat after the final whistle incident in Arsenal's 2-1 to Brighton.

The 21-year-old was caught on camera throttling the French striker but the English FA have given their verdict regarding the incident.

An FA statement read: "Matteo Guendouzi’s conduct during this incident was not seen by the match officials at the time, but it was subsequently reviewed by the VAR, so he will face no further action."

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