It’s understood that Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for up to a month having sustained an injury to his left thigh against Watford on Saturday at the Emirates, according to Sky Sports.
The 36-year-old pulled up just before the break after taking a goal kick and was subsequently replaced by Bernd Leno, who’s been vying to dethrone the former Chelsea stopper from Unai Emery’s matchday XI since joining the Gunners from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window.
Doubts have loomed over Cech’s wayward distribution in recent weeks and now it seems that he’s to ironically miss invaluable game time as a result, a strained setback that ultimately hands Leno an ideal opportunity to make his mark upon Emery’s blueprints.
Leno consummately guarded the target for the north-Londoners for the remainder of the encounter against the Hornets, an attentive, assured performance that helped his employers earn a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Javi Gracia’s high-flying set-up.
It’s thought that Cech will undoubtedly be out of contention for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Qarabag and Sunday’s Premier League encounter against Fulham at Craven Cottage, however the imminent international break could aid his recovery and fundamentally his chances of retaining his starting spot, if his German colleague fails to capitalise, of course.