Medical insider issues '10-month' Emile Smith Rowe reveal amid 'rare' Arsenal injury latest
Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe’s “rare” groin issue has worsened over the last nine to 10 months.
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, has missed the Gunners’ last two matches with a groin issue.
The Athletic reported last Friday (16 September) that the Croydon-reared playmaker is in fact experiencing pain in the area related to growth.
Dinnery explained why it is difficult to predict when his symptoms might subside.
“This difficult,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
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“Calvin Ramsay has had similar issues, but he is a bit younger. Smith Rowe is 22, so this is a bit more rare as you aren’t going to see a significant growth spurt with him.
“They are pointing to issues he had during his time with RB Leipzig back in 2018-19.
“This is a very complex area of the body. It’s sometimes called spaghetti junction because of how much is going on in there.
“They have been aware of this for the last three or four years. In the last nine to 10 months, things have gotten worse. Conservative treatment and rest are typically the best courses of action.
“In terms of peak muscle mass, you can still be developing into your mid to late-20s. If there has been a weakening because of those issues, that’s where the problems may stem from.
“It’s difficult to give a specific diagnosis or timeframe because, with overuse issues, there are problems. You have to ease back until the problems subside and gradually increase your load and see how the body responds to those triggers.
“If it is favourable, you will continue to develop. But when you have that pain response, you have to go back to previous activity levels. It could be something that Smith Rowe has to deal with for quite a bit longer yet.“