Takehiro Tomiyasu: Arsenal Blow as Key Defender Ruled Out for the Rest of the Season

Takehiro Tomiyasu: Arsenal Blow as Key Defender Ruled Out for the Rest of the Season

Fred Kennedy
March 22, 2023 at 7:49 AM
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu sustained a serious knee injury while in action against Sporting Lisbon last week
  • The injury is understood to have required surgery, which the Japanese ace underwent earlier this week
  • Tomiyasu has played an integral role in Arsenal's unprecedented Premier League title challenge this season

Premier League leaders, Arsenal have been dealt a massive injury blow in the shape of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Tomiyasu has formed a key part of Mikel Arteta's squad this term, playing an influential role in the team's title push.

However, the Japanese defender is now set to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a serious knee injury that required surgery.

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Arsenal's Takehiro Tomiyasu receives attention from medical staff during the Europa League round of 16 match against Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium. Photo by Visionhaus.
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The development was confirmed by Arsenal on Tuesday, with the club saying in an official statement:

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"Following his substitution during last Thursday’s Europa League match, subsequent assessments have confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu sustained a significant injury to his right knee."
"Tomi has had successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of this season," the statement continued.

When did Tomiyasu suffer the injury?

According to Metro UK, Tomiyasu picked up the injury while in action for Arsenal during their Europa League round of 16 clash against Sporting Lisbon.

The Japan international slipped awkwardly and was forced off the field after just nine minutes of the continental tie played at the Emirates Stadium.

The defender was later seen in a brace and on crutches when he left the pitch shortly after the match.

Some of the matches Tomiyasu is set to miss are Premier League fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

Did ten Hag curse Arsenal?

Sports Brief previously reported on Arsenal suffering two key injuries only days after Manchester United coach, Erik ten Hag called the team 'lucky' with availability.

While being interviewed ahead of the Europa League clash against Real Betis, the Dutch manager compared the Red Devils to the Gunners in terms of the season.

Some believe ten Hag 'cursed' Arsenal, following his comments about the Premier League leaders always having all members of the squad available for each game.

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