Arsenal have announced that Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery on a troublesome groin injury and will be out until December.
The England international was plagued by fitness concerns in the second half of the 2021-22 season, losing his spot in the team to Gabriel Martinelli in the process.
After that game, the 22-year-old took part in the warm-down with other substitutes on the Old Trafford turf, but he was seen leaving the field on his own after his groin issue flared up.
Smith Rowe subsequently missed Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford prior to the international break and was not called up to the senior England squad or the Under-21s.
Manager Mikel Arteta had admitted that Smith Rowe had been dealing with groin discomfort for a while, and he has now undergone an operation which will sideline him for around three months.
A statement on arsenal.com read: “In recent months, Emile Smith Rowe has been experiencing discomfort in his groin, which has limited his training and match appearances.
“Following a significant setback at our Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 4, and after further specialist consultations and discussions with our medical team, Emile underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin.
“This successful surgery took place in London in the past few days and Emile’s rehabilitation programme is already underway. We are hopeful that Emile will return to full training in December.
“Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Emile to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”