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Reports suggest Arsenal could be forced to reinforce the defence this January after receiving some bad news on the injury front.
Defender Rob Holding to set to miss the rest of the season after the club announced he has sustained cruciate ligament damage.
Holding was forced off in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday after a challenge from Marcus Rashford and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner.
And Arsenal’s official website have confirmed that the Englishman’s campaign is over following a serious knee injury, with the rehabilitation process expected to take between six and nine months.
A statement on arsenal.com read: “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 of his left knee.
“Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days.
“The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six 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.”
Arsenal host Huddersfield Town on Saturday with just two fully fit senior centre-backs in Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi, while Laurent Koscielny is on the verge of a well-timed first-team return. Konstantinos Mavropanos has also out been out injured with a groin strain.