Arsenal Youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles Out for 2 Months After Suffering Leg Fracture

Arsenal have confirmed that utility midfielder/defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a fracture to the fibula bone in his left leg that is likely to rule the 20-year-old out of action for the next six to eight weeks.

Starting as an emergency left-back in last week's ​Premier League opener against Manchester City as a result of the injury absences of both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles was forced off after just 35 minutes to be replaced by new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner.

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The veteran Swiss international is usually plies his trade at right-back, although he still looked assured.

After appearing 35 times in all competitions during Arsene Wenger's time in charge, combined with Unai Emery's willingness to give youth a chance, Maitland-Niles was expected to become an increasingly important member of the Gunners squad in 2018/19.
Now, however, his progress has been temporarily halted and it could be mid-October before he is back in action. He is likely to miss at least six Premier League games, including clashes with ​Chelsea and ​Everton, as well as three games in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.


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