Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action for upto six weeks, following an operation on his left knee Tuesday morning.
A statement from the club revealed: ‘Striker Alex Lacazette had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning.
‘The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.’
Lacazette came under fire from fans after his display in Saturday’s north London derby where he spurned an opportunity to the level the game in stoppage time, the game eventually ending in a 1-0 win for Tottenham.
The 26-year-old who has only one goal to his name since 2nd December has been confined to the substitutes’ bench since the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January from Borussia Dortmund.
After the game Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quick to defend his striker’s form.
“Maybe his confidence is not at the highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him. Are people writing him off too soon? Yes, because he created two chances [against Tottenham], so that shows his quality as well,” Wenger said.
“He will score goals. He’s a goalscorer who has scored goals throughout his whole career. He will score again.”
The France international joined Arsenal from Lyon last summer for £52million and has scored nine goals in 29 appearances for the Gunners this term, but has just one from his last 13 outings in all competitions.
Lacazette’s absence could be a blow to Wenger ahead of Thursday’s Europa League selection, with Aubameyang suspended, Danny Welbeck is likely to lead the line being the only available senior striker.
Arsenal are currently in sixth spot of Premier League table, 7 points below Tottenham after 27 games.