You just have to feel sorry for Rob Holding after his injury sustained against Manchester United on Wednesday. The youngster finally managed to secure a regular starting place in the Arsenal first team and looked like he was going to be retaining his place for the forseeable future. But now his hopes have gone up in flames as the Gunners have now confirmed that he will not be playing again this season.
It was announced on Arsenal.com this afternoon, when they reported: “Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
“Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months.
“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
This is coming at the worst possible time for Holding, just as he was building up hopes of getting a chance to rejoin the England set up. Holding said himself just a couple of weeks ago: “Gareth Southgate has brought a refreshed feeling to England with a lot of young lads. If you’re playing well in the Premier League week in, week out, as we saw with Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk, you’re going to get chances.
“You want to be a part of what they are creating at the moment. Obviously what they did at the World Cup and there is the Euros in over a year’s time. It’s a great time to be involved with England so why wouldn’t you want to be.”
But now that is impossible. He was hoping to be playing in the Euro Nations League games this summer, which would hopefully give him a chance to go to the Euros the following summer, never mind just keeping his place in the Arsenal line-up. The poor lad will now have to start from the bottom again in 9 months time.
You can’t help but feel sorry Rob at this time….