O Arsenal announced on Thursday that Emile Smith Rowe “has undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin”. The club also said it expects the young midfielder to return to training in December.
“This successful surgery took place in London over the last few days and Emile’s rehabilitation program is already underway.”
The 22-year-old has played just four games this season precisely because of the discomfort in his groin, which “limited his training and his participation in matches”, according to the text of the gunners.
Smith Rowe took the field for the last time on September 4, in a loss to Manchester United, 3-1, at Old Trafford. The shirt 10 was a starter on one occasion in the season and has only 93 minutes on the field.
With the absence of Smith Rowe, who usually plays as a central midfielder, coach Mikel Arteta has been opting for Martin Odegaard for the role. The Norwegian, by the way, is one of the great highlights of the team.
A revelation of the youth ranks, Emile debuted in Arsenal’s professional team in 2018 and, since then, has played 86 games, scoring 18 goals and nine assists. The boy played a major role last season, when he played 37 games (24 as a starter), scored 11 times and made two decisive passes.
Arsenal lead the Premier League after seven rounds and adds up to 18 points – one more than the Manchester City, second place. The team coached by Mikel Arteta returns to the pitch on Saturday, at 8:30 am (Brasília), when it receives the rival tottenham at Emirates Stadium.