Unai Emery believes Rob Holding might miss the remainder of the season after the Arsenal defender was taken off on a stretcher throughout Wednesday evening’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
The 23-year-old centre-back was carried off through the first half with a knee damage at Previous Trafford, following a collision with Marcus Rashford.
Holding has impressed for the Gunners thus far this season, making 16 appearances already and enjoying a key function for Emery because the staff’s change to a again three.
Aaron Ramsey, captaining the facet, additionally picked up an early damage, however the Welshman’s drawback has been described as “small” by his supervisor.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard believes former Bolton defender Holding might face a sustained spell on the sidelines – probably ending his marketing campaign.
“[It was] the worst information for us,” mentioned Emery post-game.
“Rob Holding, we’re going to await the medical doctors, however it’s a huge damage. It is his knee.”
Holding’s damage might supply membership captain Laurent Koscielny a route again into the primary staff.
The Frenchman hasn’t performed since struggling a critical Achilles damage through the Europa League semi-final in opposition to Atletico Madrid final season.
However he has not too long ago returned to motion with the Underneath-23s and Emery is assured he ought to quickly be prepared – hopefully within the Europa League in opposition to Qarabag subsequent Thursday.
“Laurent could be very near enjoying,” he mentioned. “He performed two matches for the Underneath-23s, the final on Tuesday. We’re pondering he’ll begin with us quickly.
“I do not know if Saturday is a chance. We’re pondering the Europa League in opposition to Qarabag is a chance [next Thursday].”