Having already reported the possibility that Gedion Zelalem’s future at Arsenal is in doubt late last month, it has now been confirmed that the talented midfielder will be sidelined for the majority of next season.

Sustaining a ruptured ACL injury on international duty with USA’s u20 side at this year’s World Cup, it’s another frustrating setback for the youngster.

His current deal with the Gunners expires next summer and he’ll be keen to prove his fitness before time runs out as the club’s hierarchy may offer him another deal if they still deem him good enough to play first-team football.

Despite his ability and potential to develop further in future, injuries as well as first-team depth in midfield has meant his opportunities for a senior breakthrough have been blocked so far.

However, it was entirely possible that he would be given a chance to showcase his ability elsewhere in the forthcoming campaign, not least because he’s eager for regular minutes at a competitive level and would have enticed plenty of possible suitors across Europe keen to give him a chance.

Zelalem’s loan spell with Dutch side VVV-Venlo was cut short so he could join up with his teammates prior to the youth tournament in South Korea. He made only eight appearances and one start after sealing a move in January.

We wish Gedion the best of luck and a speedy recovery from this latest injury blow.