Arsenal have been dealt a fresh injury blow to another midfielder after exciting young talent Jack Jebb confirmed on Twitter he faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage.
The 19-year-old prospect - who is currently on loan at League Two outfit Stevenage - took to social media to update his followers after receiving results of the scan on his knee he underwent earlier this week.
Jebb made a 20-minute cameo as a second half substitute in Stevenage's 2-0 defeat against Newport County on Saturday, before picking up the injury in training on Monday as Graham Westley's side began preparations for next weekend's visit of Exeter City.
However, the Gunners loanee will play no part in the forthcoming clash at The Lamex Stadium, and will also miss the rest of the busy Christmas fixture list due to an extended spell on the treatment table.
Arsene Wenger will be disappointed to see another promising Arsenal scholar's progress hampered by fitness issues, and he'll be keeping his fingers crossed that the teenager's rehabilitation runs smoothly giving him the best chance of a full recovery.
The Gunners youth product was allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium to gain more regular action back in October, after struggling for game-time in the U21s development squad despite making a positive impression with the U19s the previous year.
Jebb made the step down to the fourth tier to experience competitive football, but will now probably have to make the short trip back to Arsenal's London Colney base to undergo further examination with the north London club's in-house medical team.
News of a fresh injury to another midfielder will come as no surprise to Arsenal supporters already dealing with the absence of several established senior stars like Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby.
However, Jebb is clearly keeping a positive mind as he begins on the road to recovery, with a view to getting back in contention to play at Stevenage by the middle to end of February.