By Danny Wright
Arsenal’s on-loan defender Calum Chambers has suffered a stress fracture of his foot, according to a reliable journalist.
The Mail’s north-east based correspondent Craig Hope has reported on his personal Twitter account that Chambers, who is on a season-long loan at Middlesbrough, has suffered a serious injury which typically sidelines players for at least two months.
Hopes explained that “no return date set” but it appears that the 22-year-old England international will be sidelined for a lengthy period.
Boro's on-loan Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has suffered a stress fracture of his foot. No return date set.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 26, 2017
The loss of Chambers is a major blow for Boro as they attempt to remain in the Premier League.
They have slipped closer to the relegation zone in recent weeks and are currently in 16th place in the English top flight.
Chambers made one appearance for Arsenal on the opening day of the season in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool before being loaned at to the Riverside for the duration of the season.
The Southampton academy product has made 16 league appearances for Boro this campaign and this injury will rob manager Aitor Karanka of a mainstay of his team.
It could also prove a blow to his chances of getting a chance at Arsenal once he returns in the summer.
Usually deployed at right-back by Arsenal, Chambers has spent the majority of his loan spell in the centre of an impressive Boro defence which has conceded fewer goals this season’s Premier League than the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
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