Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe could require surgery for his groin injury, according to a worrying claim from injury expert Ben Dinnery.
The Lowdown: Smith Rowe injured
The 22-year-old has been struggling with the problem for several months but broke down last weekend after the Gunners’ 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
Smith Rowe was seen limping off the pitch at Old Trafford after attempting his post-match warm-up, in what was troubling to Arsenal fans.
A new claim has since emerged, and it’s one that could worry the Emirates Stadium faithful.
Latest: Surgery May Be Needed
Speaking to Football Insider, Dinnery claimed Smith Rowe may need surgery for his groin problem, questioning Arsenal’s efforts to fix the problem so far.
He said of the 22-year-old:
“There was concern about his groin which dates back to December 2021. It bothered him throughout the second half of last season and during the closing season. I’m a little surprised it wasn’t discussed so far.
“Perhaps the ongoing efforts to manage this conservatively are not working. Perhaps this latest setback could plant some other seeds that they need to go the surgical route to solving this problem.
“It’s very unusual to get injured after a game.”
The verdict: Injuries prove a problem
Smith Rowe is such a talented footballer with huge promise – he was described as a ‘difference maker’ by former Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil and scored 10 Premier League goals last season – but the injuries continue to hold it.
The Englishman has duly struggled for playing time in the early weeks of the current campaign, playing just 47 minutes so far; and surgery would mean a long spell out of the squad at the wrong time, with Mikel Arteta’s side already blighted by enforced absences elsewhere in their midfield.
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It might be for the best in the long run, however, with the surgery possibly fixing the problem once and for all and hopefully allowing Smith Rowe to finally get back to full throttle.