By Ben Dinnery

8th Oct, 2021 | 8:45pm

Injury expert: Xhaka may undergo surgery at Arsenal after update

It is possible that Arsenal star Granit Xhaka may require surgery on his knee injury if his recovery does not progress as planned.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Xhaka has been sidelined with medial collateral ligament damage since delivering an impressive display in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on 26 September.

The club updated three days later to reveal that the 29-year-old Swiss midfielder is expected to be sidelined for three months.

The Athletic reported on 4 October that Xhaka’s recovery process is set to be filmed as part of Amazon’s All or Nothing documentary series.

Dinnery suggests the Xhaka may need an operation if his rehab does not go to plan.

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“Footballers are the utmost professionals,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He will see Arsenal’s upturn in form in recent games and want to be part of that.

“The second you go down, you know the clock is ticking and you want to know when you’ll be back playing.

“There is a process to follow first, though. We know it’s his MCL, that internal ligament in his knee.

“Given the timeline, you can assume there is extensive damage. It’s potentially a ‘grade three’ which indicates that 75 per cent of that fibre tissue has been damaged.

“Mikel Arteta hasn’t ruled out surgery at this point. But it looks like they are going for a more conservative approach.

“That’s because this ligament has a really good blood supply, so recovery is often really good and there’s no need for surgical intervention.

“But maybe there will need to be a decision on surgery further down the line if he isn’t recovering as quickly as they’d hoped.”

In other news, Alexandre Lacazette tipped for Arsenal exit as news emerges from France.