Premier League club Arsenal’s is already going through an injury crisis and has suffered a further setback after key defender Hector Bellerin’s injury. The club announced that the right-back would misst the rest of the season with a knee cruciate ligament injury. Also Read - EURO 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo to Sergio Ramos - 5 Players Might be Playing For The Last Time in UEFA's Premier Competition

The 23-year-old player sustained the injury during Arsenal’s London derby against Chelsea in a Premier League contest at the Emirates stadium on Saturday, reports Efe news. Also Read - Football: UEFA Champions League 2021 Final Between Manchester City And Chelsea Moves to Porto With 12,000 Fans

“We can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” Arsenal said in a statement on the club’s official website, “Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days.”

The club added that Bellerin will recover from his injury within six to nine months, which sidelines him for the rest of this season and may affect his play at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.

Arsenal’s Spanish head coach, Unai Emery, said he would rely on defenders Ainsley Maitland-Niels and Stephan Lichsteiner to play in Bellerin’s absence.

In other injury-related news, Arsenal said that Armenian captain and the London side’s attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has recovered from his right foot metatarsal fracture, and is expected to be back training with the team this week.

(With IANS Inputs)