Arsenal fear Bernd Leno faces up to a year on the sidelines

After seeing a specialist and undergoing scans of his knee, Bernd Leno could be set for a long term spell on the sidelines as Arsenal fear he has ruptured his cruciate ligament in his knee according to Charles Watts of Goal. The Gunners hope to have a much clearer picture on the player’s injury in the next 48 hours but the early signs are not looking good.

Leno started Arsenal’s game against Brighton at the AmEx Stadium and was involved in a tussle with Brighton striker Neal Maupay which caused him to land awkwardly and suffer a knee injury. The goalkeeper went down and could be heard screaming as he was in agonising pain. That was the end of his game and by all indications, an end to his season and possibly his year. 

The German goalkeeper has been one of Arsenal’s standout players since signing for the club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018. In his debut season for the Gunners, he competed with Petr Cech to be the club’s first choice goalkeeper. It didn’t take long for Leno to win that battle. He has kept the Gunners in many a contest and his absence will be sorely felt by the North London club. 

If Leno has indeed ruptured his cruciate ligament, he will be Arsenal’s fourth player in the recent past to have suffered that kind of injury. Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Callum Chambers have all succumbed to similar injuries in the last two years. 

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