Gabriel Martinelli looked set to continue his recovery from a serious knee injury for Arsenal against Newcastle in today’s FA Cup tie, before a devastating injury hit the talent during the pre-match warm up.
Martinelli, who was named as a starter, landed awkwardly during a passing rondo drill as he burst into action to intercept a ball destined for Nicolas Pepe.
Whilst Martinelli has only recently returned from a long-term knee injury, the footage doesn’t seem to suggest that the issue is in this area – which will be a blessing – rather it seems the impact was to the 19-year-old’s right ankle as it planted in the ground whilst he spun around in an awkward landing.
Here’s what happened to Martinelli… pic.twitter.com/jsDdKlXPvM
— Max. ?? (@AFCMax9) January 9, 2021
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 9, 2021
Pictures from the FA Cup and the BBC.
All of us at CaughtOffside are hoping that the Brazilian’s blow is not a serious one at all, we’d hate to see such an exciting talent to be out of action for a lengthy period of time again.