Former Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has sustained another long-term injury, which is set to keep him sidelined until at least Christmas.

The news was confirmed on social media earlier this week and German site sport1 have clarified the details of Miyaichi’s latest injury woes.

Miyaichi, 24, finally left Arsenal on a free transfer after four-and-a-half years with the Gunners. Despite his potential, the Japanese international was regularly sidelined with a range of troublesome injuries.

He was loaned out to Feyenoord, Bolton, Wigan and FC Twente before a decision was made to let him leave at the end of his contract, which expired that summer.

During that time, Miyiachi sustained seven injuries which saw him miss varying chunks of football. Three were minor, between 10 and 30 days in length. One was just over two months long, whilst the other three were significant injuries which saw his development stagnate as a result.

Two serious ankle injuries as well as a long-term thigh muscle strain saw Miyiachi’s hopes of a first-team breakthrough rapidly decrease.

He made 20 appearances (all comps) for 2. Bundesliga side St. Pauli last season but they were scattered. He only managed to start one game in 2017 where he created his first and only assist of the season during a 3-1 win over VfL Bochum on the final day.

Miyiachi suffered a similar injury to this fresh blow during the 2015/16 campaign, which saw him miss almost 250 days of competitive football in the process between July and the following March.

He’ll be hoping for a swift recovery to full fitness with his contract set to expire this time next year. We wish him the best as he aims to return stronger as a result of this latest setback.

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