Arsenal loanee William Saliba has suffered a new injury setback as Saint-Etienne manager Claude Puel has proved he’s sustained a broken foot.
As noted by BBC Sport, Unai Emery’s side secured the signing of the skilled 18-year-old for £27m this past summer before transferring him back to Saint-Etienne on loan this campaign to continue to gain experience and improve his game with playing time.
Unfortunately for the Gunners and the player himself, that hasn’t exactly gone to plan as after missing eight matches due to a hamstring injury, which in turn has already limited him to just seven plays so far this campaign across all competitions, Saliba is set for another time on the sidelines.
As approved by the club’s official site, Saint-Etienne note that the defensive starlet suffered a break in his fifth metatarsal during the game with Monaco at the weekend, and so is unsurprisingly set to miss out in the Europa League in midweek.
Though, there is no timeline put on his recovery as of yet, and so it continues to be seen just how long this latest blow will keep him out of action, but given the nature of the injury, a broken bone in the foot isn’t something that will heal quickly.
It’s a nightmare situation for Arsenal as ultimately they would have hoped that Saliba would benefit from another year in France to sign up with the Gunners next summer and be better qualified to play a vital role for Unai Emery’s side.
Having conceded 15 goals in their opening 11 Premier League matches this season, giving them the second-worst defensive record of the top 10 sides, it’s clear that Arsenal still need to address that area of their line-up.
However, Saliba is obviously set to spend the majority of the first half of the season recovering from injuries, and so it now remains to be seen how long he will need to get back from the latest setback and whether or not he can get a run of games under his belt next year to ensure that he will have gained something from his loan time.