Arsenal centre-half Shkodran Mustafi could be out of football action for a long time after being substituted with a suspected torn ligament in Germany’s FIFA World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan.
As reported by Sky Sports, the 25-year-old defender went to the ground clutching his right thigh and groin. He was pulled out by Germany manager Joachim Loew, who said after the match that Shkodran Mustafi might have suffered serious ligament injury.
Loew said the injury does not look good, it looks like he had torn his ligament. He however said he is waiting for a full diagnosis test, but it looks like the defender will be sidelined for a while.
Mustafi’s absence is an even bigger blow for the Gunners as defenders Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers are also reportedly nursing knocks ahead of Saturday’s English Premier League clash with Watford, meaning Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not blessed with many viable defensive options.
The German had been a regular starter for Arsenal this campaign too, playing five matches in the Premier League and making one start in the UEFA Europa League. The strong defender came close to a summer exit to Serie A giant Inter Milan in August, but his short-term future look to be at the Emirates.