Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber is now unlikely to feature again this season, after being withdrawn with a knee injury on his Premier League debut.

That’s according to CBS journalist James Benge, who has claimed that the new signing will be absent for the vast majority of this season.

This is a gutting blow for Timber, who looked excellent in the Community Shield and his limited minutes in Premier League action, and a huge loss for Mikel Arteta.

“Jurrien Timber’s knee injury is likely to sideline him for almost all of this season,” Benge claimed.

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There is still yet to be confirmation of the extent of his knee injury, but Arsenal have released a statement indicating that they expect him to be out for an extended period, as the club hold their breath over further news.

Timber was withdrawn at the start of the second half of the victory over Nottingham Forest, having been cleared to play at halftime after initially struggling with what appeared to be a knock.

Recovery time for Timber

If, as reported, Timber is expected to miss the vast majority of the season, then Arsenal should anticipate him not making another appearance in this campaign.

Such serious injuries take a long time to both recover from and regain match sharpness, and there will be little benefit in trying to throw him into competitive action if he returns to training before the end of the season.

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A cautious approach to his reintegration, likely at the start of next year’s pre-season, will be the best course of action.

Arsenal will now have to wait another season to see their new signing make an impact in the side, in a blow which throws the plans for him in this campaign out the window, and the timing of the injury will be particularly gutting for Timber, who had impressed in his little opportunities after completing his dream move from Ajax.

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