Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has been sidelined until December.
The midfielder has undergone surgery on a troublesome groin and will not be training until at least December, the current Premier League leaders said on Thursday.
The 22-year-old was the star in the last season with 10 league goals but had only limited games this year. He made four substitute appearances.
His last match in the tournament came against Manchester United at the start of the month.
“Following a significant setback at our Premier League match against Manchester United and after further specialist consultations and discussions with our medical team, Emile underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin,” Arsenal said in a statement.
According to Arsenal’s official announcement, the surgery has been successful.
“This successful surgery took place in London in the past few days and Emile’s rehabilitation programme is already underway. We are hopeful that Emile will return to full training in December.”
Smith Rowe is not expected to miss too many matches during the mid-season. He will sit out seven rounds of Premier League matches apart from Arsenal’s Europa League and League Cup commitments.