Jurrien Timber: Arsenal defender sidelined for long-term period after sustaining ACL injury on Premier League debut

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest.

The Dutch defender, a £38m summer signing for Mikel Arteta’s side, picked up the blow in the 50th minute of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, before being replaced by Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The 22-year-old needs surgery on the injury and while Arsenal did not give a timeframe for his absence, the club have said he “will be out of action for a period of time.”

The statement read: “The support and expertise from our medical team and everyone at the club will now be focused on Jurrien’s rehabilitation programme, to ensure he recovers well and is back playing as soon as possible.”

Timber had made two senior appearances since joining – the first being the Community Shield victory against Manchester City earlier this month – before turning out against Forest.

Arsenal's Jurrien Timber (centre) reacts to an injury
Jurrien Timber limped off in the 50th minute of his Premier League debut after going down under no pressure

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