Arsenal have confirmed Gabriel Martinelli is likely to be out of action until 2021 with a knee injury he sustained in training.
The Brazilian is one of the most highly rated young prospects in Europe and has earned praise whenever he’s appeared in the Gunners first team. This season, he managed ten goals in 26 games in all competitions before being struck down with injury in June.
The full extent of that knee problem has now been revealed in an injury update published on the club’s official website.
“Left knee. Sustained injury during training on June 21. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee,” a statement began.
“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.”
An update on Martinelli’s compatriot Pablo Mari was also issued. Mari was forced off during the Gunners’ first game back after the Premier League’s shutdown and has only made two appearances for the club since joining back in January.
“Left ankle. Sustained significant sprain to ankle ligaments during Manchester City (a) on June 17,” the medical report stated.
“Now off crutches and moving freely without aid.
“Has returned home to Spain for a short period, where he continues to receive specialist attention and extensive therapy.
“Will return to the UK later in July to resume his rehabilitation at our training centre throughout the close season, with the aim of returning to full training in September.”