This is bad news for Arsenal as the club have confirmed that teenage strike Gabriel Martinelli is not expected to resume training until the end of 2020 after undergoing serious knee surgery.
Martinelli, 19, has been impressive for the Gunners since making the move from Brazilian outfit Ituano last summer and has scored 10 goals in 26 games for the London-based club this season.
He suffered the injury to his left knee on June 21 and this effectively ruled him out for the rest of the season. However, he has undergone successful surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his knee and is currently in recovery.
Therefore, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may not be able to call on the forward until late in the year or in the early stages of 2021. A statement released by the club on the player’s status read: “Currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June.
“Surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi’s current progress at this stage of his recovery.
“Currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team.
“Will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020.”
Martinelli will be watching from home when Arsenal play against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday. The two sides have met twice this season with the Citizens winning all, scoring six goals and conceding none.
Mikel Arteta will be facing his former boss Pep Guardiola for the second time this season. The winner of the game will proceed to face Manchester United or Chelsea in the final at Wembley.