Reporter: Trossard could miss months at worst if what he suffered was a muscle tear

According to a report from Tashan Deniran-Alleyne of British media outlet, Arsenal winger Trossard’s injury is unconfirmed at this point, but the Belgian striker could be out for months at worst.

Arsenal were dealt a blow ahead of the kick-off of the North London derby on Sunday when Belgian striker Trossard missed out on the matchday squad due to injury. The 28-year-old is in contention to start against Tottenham Hotspur due to the absence of Martinelli. Having scored two goals and an assist in his previous two appearances – not to mention the goal he scored for Belgium during the international day – he is undoubtedly an in-form player, but he was absent from the squad for the game ahead of the match.

“He felt something, he had tight muscles in training and he was not fit for the game,” Arsenal boss Arteta told Sky Sports ahead of the game. The journalist said that he understands that the nature of Trossard’s injury has been noted as a hamstring injury, but it is important to note that there is no timetable as to how long he will be out for.

As such, it is pure speculation at this point as no specific date has been set for Trossard’s return. Best case scenario is that this is a grade 1 hamstring injury – a minor muscle strain or pull. Ideally he will return for this weekend’s game away to Bournemouth.

But the worst case scenario is a few days turning into weeks, or even worse, potentially months of absence. In fact, if it turns out that Trossard suffered a muscle tear, it could take weeks or months to recover, depending on whether it’s a grade 2 (partial muscle tear) or grade 3 (complete muscle tear).

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