Granit Xhaka will not be available for Arsenal for a maximum of three months, thanks to a knee injury he sustained on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
When Tottenham Hotspur visited the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to take on Arsenal, Granit Xhaka played a prominent role in ensuring that Arsenal scored three goals. Unfortunately, a knee injury cut short his involvement in the north London derby in the 82nd.
From all indications, Arsenal’s coach Mikel Arteta was not planning to force the 28-year-old Swiss midfielder out of the game. But Xhaka was involved in an incident during the Premier League game which left him unfit to continue.
Recall that when Arsenal were beating Spurs 3-0, Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura collided with Granit Xhaka after a challenge from Arsenal’s Thomas Partey.
Xhaka had to stay down in pain around the 79th-minute mark, the same period Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-Min Son scored the visitors’ consolation goal.
The referee and the VAR didn’t see anything wrong in the build-up to the goal. Hence the goal stood and Granit Xhaka tried to continue with the game but couldn’t.
Albert Sambi Lokonga had to come in for him for the remaining minutes of the game which ended 3-1 in favor of Arsenal.
Two days after the Premier League game, Arsenal confirmed that Granit Xhaka sustained a knee injury during the collision and it would take him three months to fully regain his match fitness.
Arsenal’s statement read: “Further to injuring his right knee during Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, assessments and scans have confirmed that Granit Xhaka suffered a significant injury to his medial knee ligament.
“A specialist consultation took place in London on Tuesday evening which has determined that Granit does not require surgery.
“Granit’s recovery and rehabilitation programme will start immediately and we are aiming for him to be back in action in approximately three months.
“Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Granit to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Granit Xhaka sustained the knee injury after serving a three-match ban for a red card he received during a Premier League game between Arsenal and Manchester City on August 28, 2021. The league game ended 5-0 in favor of City.
Xhaka’s knee injury will keep him away from the FIFA international break which would come up in October. The Switzerland captain will be busy recuperating when his country take on Northern Ireland and Lithuania in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification series.