Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy has confirmed that scans have revealed a broken ligament in the ankle which buckled against Manchester City last weekend, but is still waiting to find out if he needs surgery to repair the damage.
Debuchy suffered the long-term injury last weekend in rather unfortunate circumstances, falling awkwardly to leave Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's defensive options pushed to the very limit.
The French international has hoped to make a speedy recovery after revealing earlier this week that were was no fracture to a badly swollen ankle, but an early prognosis of a minimum two-month spell on the sidelines now looks all but confirmed.
Arsenal's £12m man used his Facebook account to break the bad news, sharing: No fracture but one broken ligament.
"I have to wait until Friday in order to know if i must have surgery..."
Wenger is probably already acutely aware that he'll be without Debuchy until around December as a rough estimate, with limited cover available to say the very least.
Can Chambers fill the void?
Another signing in Calum Chambers looks the most likely deputy after playing 22 times in that position for Southampton last season, although he's played exclusively at centre-back so far in an Arsenal shirt.
Chambers suffered from tonsillitis in the build-up to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund though, which forced Wenger to hand throw Hector Bellerin in at the deep end against the Bundesliga giants on Tuesday night.
Bellerin's baptism of fire leaves more questions than answers
Bellerin gave his best and was by no means Arsenal's worst player in a dismal 2-0 defeat to Dortmund, one that has left Wenger's decision not to sign extra defensive cover look all the more baffling.
Mathieu Flamini could come back and play in that position incase of emergency, which is a pretty accurate description of the plight facing Wenger ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
Preparing for that game and producing an immediate upturn in fortunes will be at the forefront of Wenger's mind, with further news on Debuchy's likely timeline for a recovery probably forthcoming in his pre-match press conference for the Villa clash on Friday morning.
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