Mesut Ozil has added to Arsenal's worryingly long injury-list after it was announced by the German Football Association (DFB) that he would likely be out for 10 to 12 weeks.
The midfielder joined up with the national team prior to their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday, but has been unable to train with the World Cup winners.
Ozil played a full 90 minutes in Arsenal's defeat to Chelsea on Sunday and there were no suggestions of an injury after the match.
However, according to the DFB he arrived for international duty with the complaint.
Earlier today it was announced that "the Arsenal player had come with complaints in the left knee when he met up with the German team in Frankfurt".
Ozil was sent for an MRI scan and the DFB have now announced he will be out for as long as three months. Arsenal have since said it is "too early" to tell how long he will be out.
A statement on the DFB website read: "The MRI examination today at National Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint.
"The treatment is conservative, with six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be (out for) 10 to 12 weeks."
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
The news will be a major headache for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is facing something of a midfield crisis with Aaron Ramsey, Serge Gnabry and Mikel Arteta already on the sidelines. Theo Walcott also remains unavailable whilst in other departments, Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Debuchy are unavailable.
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