Arsenal provide update on Gabriel Martinelli after serious knee injury

Gabriel Martinelli looks on in Arsenal training
Gabriel Martinelli suffered a serious knee injury in training last month (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed that they do not expect Gabriel Martinelli to return from his knee injury until the end of 2020 at the earliest.

Martinelli, 19, was having an impressive debut campaign with the Gunners after arriving from Ituano last summer, scoring ten goals in his opening 26 appearances for the north London club, and he was rewarded with a new long-term contract earlier this month.

However, Martinelli sustained a serious knee injury in training on June 21 meaning he has been absent since the season’s restart – and the Brazilian is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The teenager underwent surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his knee and has been wearing a brace around his left leg since the operation.

In an update on Arsenal’s website on Thursday evening, it was revealed that Martinelli will certainly be out of action until the end of the current season and potentially even as late as the new year.

Martinelli put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the start of the month
Martinelli put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the start of the month (Picture: Getty)

‘Currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June,’ the statement said.

‘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 shared a picture of his leg brace on Thursday evening (Picture: Instagram)

Arsenal also delivered an update on Pablo Mari’s fitness after the defender suffered ankle ligament damage during the side’s clash with Manchester City in mid-June.

‘Now off crutches after surgery and moving freely without aid,’ the Gunners confirmed.

‘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.’

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