Arsenal new boy Jurrien Timber could be sidelined until the end of the season after picking up an injury against Nottingham Forest, according to reports. The 22-year-old only joined the Gunners last month but may be out for a lengthy period of time after being forced off during their win over the Reds on Saturday.
Timber sustained a knee injury 50 minutes into his Premier League debut and was quickly substituted and helped off the pitch by Arsenal medics. The north Londoners confirmed on Monday that further tests would be required to determine the full extent of the problem and it seems as though the verdict will be a painful one.
His injury is likely to keep him on the treatment table for ‘almost all of this season’, according to CBS, which will represent a devastating blow for the Gunners going forward. They paid around £38m to sign Timber from Ajax just over a month ago and would have been counting on him to feature heavily in his debut campaign.
The Dutchman’s injury was a non-contact one and immediately looked to be serious, with TNT Sports pundit Ally McCoist saying at the time: “That’s worrying, that is worrying. I mentioned before half-time that some of the worst injuries you get as a player are when nobody is near you. You hope it’s his calf rather than his knee. That’s not good.”
Timber has impressed during his short time at Arsenal and played in a number of different positions throughout pre-season. He featured at right-back during their tour of the United States and filled in for the injured Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left in his first two competitive matches.
The Dutchman recently said that he believes working under Mikel Arteta will improve him as a player, telling Sky Sports: “It’s the way he thinks, the way he makes you better. I’ve only had him for a few weeks but I noticed it very quickly within myself because you need to learn a lot in a short space of time.
“It’s the way he looks at the game, so I’ve been trying to look the same way. He sees the bigger picture in the game so that’s what I’m trying to do. Let’s see what it brings over a couple of months and years.”
Arsenal will have several options to replace Timber during his recovery, with Ben White reliable at right-back and Zinchenko nearing a return to fitness after spending months on the sidelines. Kieran Tierney could also be drafted in despite being linked with a move elsewhere, while Jakub Kiwior is able to cover at left-back should he be required to deputise.
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