Villarreal CF have announced that Francis Coquelin has undergone a successful surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The former Arsenal midfielder sustained the injury during a recent match against FC Barcelona and will miss the remainder of the season.
The operation was performed by Dr. Sonnery Cottet in Lyon, France, under the supervision of Villarreal’s medical services.
Coquelin’s injury comes as yet another a blow to the French midfielder who has suffered up to 10 injuries since joining the club in 2020, causing him to miss several stretches of his three seasons with the team.
The club has considered promoting Ramón Terrats to the first team to replace him.
Following the surgery, Coquelin took to his social media account to thank the doctors and health personnel for the treatment he received during the operation.
He remains positive and optimistic as the rehabilitation process begins.
🙏🏽 Un grand merci au Dr. Sonnery Cottet et à tout le personnel soignant de l’ Hôpital privé Jean Mermoz de Lyon pour le traitement reçu lors de mon passage.
⏳Empieza la cuenta atrás de este proceso de recuperación. Un día menos para volver con el equipo.
Sempre #Endavant! 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/sBJHZUAVJJ
— Francis Coquelin (@FCoquelin_off) February 22, 2023
The footballer’s return to the field is not expected for at least six or seven months, which means he will miss the remainder of the season.
They hope to have Giovani Lo Celso, who is finishing his recovery, back in a couple of weeks to reinforce their midfield.