Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding underwent surgery to repair his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Holding now faces six to nine months on the sidelines, but will he be the same player when he returns?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Rob Holding of Arsenal receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Rob Holding of Arsenal receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Older readers will remember a time when an ACL injury meant the end of your playing career. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case but it does mean the guts of a year out of the game with an increased chance that your other ACL will go as you reorientate your body to compensate.

We spoke to Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT, a Wellness coach and performance specialist from LA about the problem. He put together this brilliant video about the injury, why it happens, how surgery repairs the problem, and what Holding’s recovery should look like:

You can follow Dr Raj on Twitter, read his blog here and check out his clinic website here.

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