Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been ruled out for up to six weeks with the moderate ligament strain he sustained against Brighton.
The Gunners feared Leno would miss at least the next nine months to injury after appearing to damage his ACL, but scans have shown the German suffered a sprain rather than a tear.
This was revealed in an Arsenal club statement which stated: “Positive news after detailed assessments. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on Saturday. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks.”
Leno was stretchered off with a knee injury before half-time at the Amex Stadium on Saturday following an aerial challenge by Brighton forward Neal Maupay which saw the French forward force the German shot stopper onto the floor. Leno then reacted angrily towards Maupay as he left the field with the assistance of Arsenal’s medical team.
Following the revised comeback timeline Leno took to Twitter to speak publicly about the injury for the first-time thanking Arsenal fans for all their support “Thank you for your support and getting well wishes. I’m going to work hard to come back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Unfortunately, Leno will miss the rest of the 2019/20 season, but is now on track to be fit for the new campaign. Back-up stopper Emiliano Martinez is set to fill in for Leno for Arsenal’s remaining Premier League games.
By Leroy Hawkson | Head of Sports | talkafrica.com