By Ben Dinnery

11th Sep, 2022 | 12:15pm

Medical insider: Emile Smith Rowe may be set for surgery after 'highly unusual' Arsenal incident

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe may be forced to go under the knife to address a groin injury that occurred in “highly unusual” circumstances.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Smith Rowe, 22, was one of the Gunners’ standout performers last term but has been nursing a groin issue for several months and is yet to start a match in 2022-23.

The playmaker and Hale End graduate was forced to withdraw from a warm-down session after the 3-1 defeat at Man United last Sunday (4 September).

As quoted by The Sun on Thursday (8 September), Mikel Arteta confirmed that Smith Rowe had aggravated his groin problem and had not yet returned to training.

The Emirates favourite may now be forced to have an operation to deal with the long-standing issue, suggest Dinnery.

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“There has been concern about his groin stretching back to December 2021,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

It hampered him throughout the second half of last season and over the close season. I am a bit surprised that this hasn’t been addressed up until this point.

Maybe the ongoing efforts to manage this conservatively aren’t working. Maybe this latest setback may plant further seeds to say they have to go down the surgical route to address this problem.

It’s highly unusual to get an injury in post-match situations.”

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