Konstantinos Mavropanos will miss around a month of football with a meniscus injury, needing surgery to fix the problem.
VfB Stuttgart report that Mavropanos picked up an injury to his meniscus in the friendly against SC Freiburg over the international break. An awful time to suffer a serious injury, during a match planned for the sole purpose of building fitness and sharpness.
Head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo told the media Mavropanos would need an operation. Chris Wheatley added that the defender would miss around a month.
Meniscus problems can take a lot longer than that. Sergio Aguero has missed 115 days after surgery on the same area. Hopefully, Mavropanos’ issue isn’t as bad, but we’ll wait for more information after the operation.
It’s the latest in a growing list of injuries for the centre-back. In just a few months with FC Nurnberg earlier this year, he picked up two separate injuries keeping him out for multiple games each time.
In fact, he was rather lucky not to miss more, with lockdown starting soon after his first injury. That gave him a couple of months to recover.
That’s not to mention that the reason he went on loan in the first place is that he missed the entirety of Arsenal’s pre-season and the first month of the league campaign with a groin problem. By the time he was available for Unai Emery to select, he was way down the pecking order.
We say the same thing every time. If Mavropanos is going to make it at Arsenal, he has to have a long period of full fitness. This is another setback in that attempt, and we wish him well with his recovery.