Takehiro Tomiyasu will miss the remainder of Arsenal’s fight for the Premier League title with a knee injury.
The Japan international withdrew from the tournament at the start of the Gunners’ Europa League game against Sporting CP last week when Mikel Arteta’s team lost that game on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
After Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, Arteta admitted the situation “looks bad” for the defender.
It has now been confirmed that Tomiyasu will be out for the rest of the campaign after the 24-year-old underwent surgery.
The club said in a statement: “Following his substitution during last Thursday’s Europa League match, subsequent assessments have confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu has suffered a serious injury to his right knee.
“Tomi underwent successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
“Everyone at the club will now work hard with Tomy so he can join pre-season training for next season.”
This season, Tomiyasu has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, who are in the hunt for their first Premier League title since 2003-04, although only six of those started, with Ben White establishing himself as first choice on the right flank.
The Gunners are eight points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand and have 10 more games to go.
The boss provided medical information about Takehiro Tomiyasu.
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