Sunday, October 17, 2021

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xaka set to be out for 3 months

LONDON (WNN) — Arsenal midfielder Granit Xaka has suffered a three-month-long knee injury during their north London derby win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Zaka was caught by Lucas Moura by mistake after Tottenham forward was challenged by Thomas Partey. Medical evaluation has confirmed “a significant injury to his medial knee ligament”, Arsenal said in a statement, but surgery is not required.

“Granite’s recovery and rehabilitation program will begin immediately and we aim to be active again in about three months,” Arsenal said. “Everyone in the club will now support Granite and work hard to get him back on the pitch as quickly as possible.”

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Sunday was Zaka’s first game since a three-match ban for a red card in a 5-0 loss to Manchester City in August.

Zaka misses out on the last two international breaks of the calendar year due to injury, in which Switzerland loses its captain for a World Cup qualifier.

As well as being suspended for Arsenal’s last three matches, Zaka had to isolate at the beginning of the month after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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