Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a three-month spell on the sidelines after suffering a medial knee ligament injury in Saturday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa, according to Goal.com.
It was an opening day for Gunners fans to forget, as Arsene Wenger's side went down 3-1 against the Midlands outfit, thanks to a brace from Christian Benteke and debut goal from Antonio Luna, cancelling out Olivier Giroud's sixth minute opener at the Emirates Stadium.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was withdrawn at half-time following a collision with with Luna, and Wenger admitted after the match that it looked as though the England international had picked up a nasty injury.
After receiving results of the scan he had on Monday, the extent of the damage has revealed the 20-year-old will likely be out of action until mid-November, and joins fellow first-team absentees Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta and About Diaby on the treatment table.
The news will come as a big blow to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had worked his way into the Arsenal starting line-up after impressing in pre-season.
He'll also miss England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova, Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland, with Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson almost certain to call the Gunners star up for the four fixtures in September and October.
Domestically, Oxlade-Chamberlain's absence adds to a growing list of problems for his under-fire manager, as Wenger is urged to spend some money in the final two weeks of the transfer window, in a bid to strengthen Arsenal's dwindling squad.
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