Former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide is set to spend a bit longer on the sidelines with Olympique Lyon, after an injury setback.

Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele (L) celebrates with Lyon's French midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Lyon at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on August 15, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / POOL / AFP)
Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele (L) celebrates with Lyon’s French midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on August 15, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / POOL / AFP)

Lyon confirmed this week that Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been dealing with pain in his recent rehabilitation sessions, and new examinations have revealed a delay in the healing process for the bone in his left knee.

The club are still hoping to get Reine-Adelaide back in action before the end of the year, just evidently not as soon as they’d initially hoped.

Reine-Adelaide suffered the anterior cruciate ligament injury on loan at OGC Nice last season, and he’s been out since early February.

It usually takes at least nine months to return to match action after an ACL injury anyway, but it sounds like Reine-Adelaide is set for at least 10 or 11 months absent now.

The former Arsenal academy product turns 24 in January, and he’s made 23 appearances for Lyon since joining from Angers, scoring twice and assisting three goals.

This cruciate ligament injury is the second of Reine-Adelaide’s Lyon career. It was after he failed to retake his place in the team following the first injury that he pushed to leave for Nice for regular minutes.

That worked until February, as he appeared 18 times in a Nice shirt in a few months. But now he’s back to square one. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the ex-Arsenal man to avoid further setbacks.