Joel Campbell has suffered a serious knee injury during the Gold Cup, and the Arsenal man could be out of action for as long as 6 months.
The Costa Rican forward picked up in the injury, reported to be a damaged meniscus, in a game against Canada, and now requires surgery to correct the problem.
Speaking to his official website, he said, “It’s sad and difficult to have to leave the team, it’s complicated when injuries like that keep you away from competition and playing for your country,” he said.
“I gave it my all, as I always do. Now I have to think about the recovery to return stronger and 100% support my teammates. The goal remains the same.”
It certainly complicates his future, as he was likely to have been let go by Arsenal this summer. He spent last season on loan with Sporting Lisbon where he had an indifferent time, but no doubt the club could have found some kind of suitor for him.
Now, he’ll have to wait until January at the earliest, as it seems unlikely any recovery can take place before the end of the transfer window in August.
Good luck to him.