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Arsenal’s Smith Rowe out until December

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin and will not play again before December.

The injury has limited Smith Rowe’s game time this season, and Arsenal said he had a “significant setback” after a substitute appearance in the 3-1 loss at Manchester United on September 4.

He had an operation after discussions with consultants and Arsenal’s medical team.

“This successful surgery took place in London in the past few days and Emile’s rehabilitation program is already underway,” Arsenal said.

“We are hopeful that Emile will return to full training in December.”

The 22-year-old Smith Rowe broke into Arsenal’s first team at the end of the 2020/21 season and was handed the coveted No.10 jersey as a reward for his progress and a sign of his importance to Mikel Arteta’s team.

But the England international has lost his starting spot to Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing for Arsenal and has made just four appearances this season, totalling 48 minutes of action, all as a second-half substitute.

Smith Rowe has three senior England caps to his name, and scored his first goal in the 10-0 win over San Marino last year.

He was unlikely to make Gareth Southgate’s 26-man World Cup squad for Qatar but surgery has ended any lingering hopes.

– with Press Association

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