Bernd Leno Injury Not as Bad as First Feared – But Gabriel Martinelli Could Miss Rest of Season

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Arsenal have confirmed goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to return to full training in four to six weeks.

The German shot-stopper appeared to suffer a serious knee injury after falling awkwardly following a collision with Neal Maupay during the 2-1 loss to Brighton on Saturday, stretchered off before half-time.

The Gunners would go on to lose 2-1, with Maupay’s late winner adding insult to injury.

Nevertheless, after what’s been a dire start to the Premier League’s restart for Mikel Arteta, Arsenal fans can finally enjoy a wee bit of good news. The north London side have now issued an update, announcing the goalie has picked up a moderate ligament sprain and is expected to return to training in four to six weeks

There has also been news on Gabriel Martinelli. David Ornstein previously revealed he could miss the rest of the season with a knee issue, and Arsenal’s own statements on the Brazilian’s condition says ‘Further assessments and tests to take place in forthcoming days’.

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Bernd Leno conversing with Neal Maupay while being stretchered off against Brighton | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Brazilian reported discomfort after training on Monday and underwent a scan on Tuesday to understand the full extent of the problem.

The early indications aren’t good for the Gunners, with meniscus damage said to be the source of Martinelli’s discomfort. If confirmed, it will likely rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Despite failing to appear in either of Arsenal’s defeats since the restart, Martinelli has established himself as a key performer for Arteta’s side this season following his summer move from Brazilian outfit Ituano.

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Gabriel Martinelli did not feature in either of Arsenal’s first two games out of lockdown | Robin Jones/Getty Images

The energetic 19-year-old has scored ten times in all competitions, rising to prominence following his majestic solo effort in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea back in January.

The Brazilian is set to join Leno, Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari on the Gunners’ worsening injury list.


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