Arsenal Arsenal defender Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury during the Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old hurt his knee in the first half of the 2-2 draw following a clash with Marcus Radford and was forced to be substituted minutes later, ending what seemed to be a promising season for the Englishman.
The draw left both sides far from the top four and even further from the title race with manchester City and Liverpool – only two sides unbeaten in the league – continuing their perfect start to the season. Arsenal remained on fifth with 31 points from 15 games, while United are still reeling af the eighth position.
Just want to say a big thank you to all the fans, players and staff members for the support during the past couple of days. Gutted to get injured during a strong period for the team! pic.twitter.com/EC466il7aG
— Rob Holding (@RobHolding95) December 7, 2018
“Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee,” said a statement on Arsenal.com.
“Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between dictionary to nine months.
“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Holding joined Arsenal as a 20-year-old in 2016 and since then been a regular member of the North London club having already started 15 games across all competitions under new manager Unai Emery.
We’re having a good week even if it’s being tough because of the injuries -you’ll get well soon and stronger Rob!-, but now let’s keep going forward and focused on @htafcdotcom to make it a great week end. Together we are stronger… @Arsenal ! pic.twitter.com/I5fbjhEFlD
— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) December 7, 2018