Arsenal talented midfielder Emile Smith Rowe suffered a huge setback ahead of this weekend’s crunch North London derby against rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
The 22-years-old has been forced to undergo surgery after picking up a groin injury earlier this month.
Arsenal broke the news on their social media platform on Thursday, September 29, revealing that the English international was advised by experts to undergo the procedure.
“In recent months, Emile Smith Rowe has been experiencing discomfort in his groin, which has limited his training and match appearances.
“Following a significant setback at our Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 4, and after further specialist consultations and discussions with our medical team, Emile underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin,” read a statement from the Gunners.
Arsenal added that Rowe is expected to resume training in December.
“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.
“Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Emile to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible,” ended the statement.
Arsenal who are currently sitting at the top of the Premier League log, are scheduled to play Tottenham on Saturday 1800hrs East African Time at the Emirates Stadium.
A win for Tottenham will make them move above Arsenal since only one point separates the two sides.