On Tuesday night, reports emerged that our Spanish right-back has picked up an injury while on national duty with Spain U21 squad.
Initially, the reports were not clear about the specifics of the injury. Meanwhile, Bellerin posted a picture of his bruised ear on Snapchat on Wednesday, and many fans believed that maybe it’s only an ear bruise.
Now, I have never heard of a footballer missing a game because of an ear bruise, but many reports indicated that might be the reason for Bellerin’s absence.
However, yesterday, Daily Mail has claimed that Bellerin had a recurrence of an ankle injury during the training with the national team and that prompted him to pull out from national duty.
He reportedly suffered a kick on his ankle from Sp*rs full-back Danny Rose in the North London derby. He was able to finish the game and also went off on national duty. However, his pain resurfaced during training on Tuesday, and he now returned to London.
The report claims that he will be assessed by our medical staff on Thursday. The report additionally claims that the sourced close to the player think that it’s only a minor issue and he should be available for our trip to Old Trafford on November 19.
Now, that certainly sounds like good news, but I don’t think my worries will ease unless we have an official confirmation from the club.
The 21-year-old suffered a similar knock during the game against San Marino last month, but he was able to recover from it in time and featured in our 3-2 win over Swansea following the international break. He also missed our trip to Ludogorets with an injury, but that was also more of a precautionary absence rather than something serious.
Following our trip to Old Trafford, we play Paris Saint-Germain in a crucial Champions League group game at Emirates Stadium. So, it’s kind of necessary to have our strongest possible lineup available for those games.
We already have a doubt in Alexis Sanchez, and Bellerin’s absence could really hurt us in these games. Recent reports have claimed that he has signed a new six-year deal with us on £100,000-a-week wages. These wages place him among some of the highest earners at the club, and this illustrates how important he has become for our squad in the last couple of seasons.
To be honest, I think Bellerin’s absence could hurt us more than Sanchez’s absence as we don’t have an able replacement for the Spaniard.
Carl Jenkinson has recently returned from his injury, but I was not at all convinced by his performance in the game against Ludogorets. Bellerin offers so much on both defensive and offensive front, and his absence could hurt us on both aspects.