Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the full extent of the injury sustained by Mathieu Debuchy in Sunday’s victory over Stoke City, confirming the French full-back will be unavailable for three months having undergone surgery.
Debuchy sustained a dislocated shoulder just 10 minutes into the encounter with the Potters at the Emirates Stadium, with the defender clattering into the advertising hoardings behind the goal following a push from Marko Arnautovic.
It, almost immediately, became apparent that the medical staff feared a dislocation was the problem, and Debuchy was stretchered from the field in clear discomfort.
Wenger, speaking to the press on Thursday, now believes he will be without his first-choice right-back until April, which serves as another significant blow to Debuchy, who had previously missed three months before Christmas with a serious ankle injury.
“Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday,” Wenger said.
“It's very unfortunate for Mathieu, it's unbelievable because he's had two surgeries in the same season."
“He just came back, he played seven games and he's out again.
"I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder.”
Debuchy has made only 10 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal since his summer transfer from Newcastle, for a fee of around £12 million, and has been one of the most blighted players at a club eternally plunged into injury crisis.
The absence of the 29-year-old will see the right-sided defensive berth up for grabs once again, with Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin the two players Wenger will rotate the position between.
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, is another to have struggled immensely with injury this season, with the club captain not having featured since the 2-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in late November.
The Spanish midfielder, too, will not be back in action until the final weeks of the campaign after Wenger detailed his need for surgery on an inflamed ankle.