Last night rumours surfaced that Mikel Arteta had suffered an injury setback and was likely to be out for several more weeks.
Unfortunately, the news from Arsenal is actually much more serious. The club captain has undergone surgery to his left ankle to remove a bony spur and will now be out of action for another three months. Anything with sp*r in it is bad news…
Given we’re in mid-January, he’s looking at a mid-April comeback at the earliest. But when you add on the need to find match fitness it’s fair to say he may not feature until May, if at all.
Speaking about the operation, Arsene Wenger revealed: “Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.
“He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf. That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it’s a proper solution which gives him the best chance to recover.”
The 32-year-old has only featured 12 times so far this season having suffered two previous injuries before the calf problem that forced him off the pitch in his last game against Borussia Dortmund in November.
Arseblog News wishes our lego-headed Spaniard all the best with his recovery. You’ll always be beautiful in our eyes.