MESUT Ã–zil has been ruled out for between 10 and 12 weeks with a partial knee ligament tear that he suffered during Arsenalâ€™s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday. The Germany midfielder played on through the pain to complete the 90 minutes and he reported the problem to Arsenalâ€™s medical staff after the game. It did not seem overly serious at the time.
However, the full extent of the injury became clear on Wednesday after Ã–zil underwent an MRI scan in Germany, where he was on international duty. The German Football Federation [DFB] tweeted the update that Ã–zil would be out for â€œ10-12 weeks with a partial lateral ligament tear in the left kneeâ€. The tweet finished by saying â€œGet well soon!â€ and the manner in which the DFB broke the news has gone down badly at Arsenal.
â€œIt is too early to say how long Ã–zil may be out of action,â€ Arsenal said, in a statement. They added that the 25-year-old was returning to London, so that the club could make their own checks and determine the best course of action in terms of his rehabilitation. Ã–zil has a close relationship with Dr Hans-Wilhelm MÃ¼ller-Wohlfahrt, the Germany doctor, and, in the past, he has preferred to be treated by him.
Ã–zil had travelled to Frankfurt on Tuesday to link up with the Germany squad before their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and the Republic of Ireland, with Arsenal having informed the DFB about the injury. The club told the Germans to exercise caution and check on the problem. Accordingly, Ã–zil was sent for a scan with MÃ¼ller-Wohlfahrt in Munich, which revealed the damage.
The DFBâ€™s head of communications, Jens Grittner, had made it clear that Ã–zil had travelled with the problem and the organisation reinforced the point in their statement. â€œÃ–zil complained about pain in his left knee when he arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday,â€ they said.
Ã–zil has played through the pain for Arsenal before â€“ and suffered for it. He hurt his hamstring early on in the Champions League last 16, second-leg tie at Bayern Munich last March but he continued until half-time. He was out for six weeks on that occasion.
Ã–zil joins has joined a lengthy injury list at Arsenal, with Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy long-term casualties because of fibia and ankle problems respectively, and Aaron Ramsey not expected to play before the start of November because of a hamstring strain. Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are also out. – The Guardian