David Luiz Arsenal Brazil
David Luiz Arsenal Brazil

David Luiz joined Arsenal from Chelsea during the summer transfer window and since then the centre-back has been a regular feature for the Gunners in the Premier League.

So far Luiz has played in 12 league matches for the North London side and on Thursday he was named in the first XI for their Europa League clash vs Eintracht Frankfurt.

While David Luiz did make a solid start to the game but pretty soon he had a clash with Frankfurt forward Goncalo Paciencia which left him with a possible rib injury.

Despite his best efforts to carry on, Arsenal had to take him off after around 15 minutes and now according to BT Sport pundit John Hartson, the centre-back could be sidelined for some time.

Martin Keown told BT Sport[as quoted by The Express]: “It looks innocuous. Maybe he’s got one in the ribs. 

“You just have to trust him that he can’t carry on. His head had gone at this point and that’s a worry. I think it’s best to get him off. He’s one of those players who needs to be at 100 per cent.”

And to this statement, Hartson then went on to add: “They can actually be quite painful. I got this one. That sharp edge of your rib, if it gets into your rib, it can be a nasty one. 

“There’s no real healing process. Martin says he would’ve definitely stayed on but I was saying, you get an elbow right in the rib, it can be quite sore. 

“He could be out for quite a while. There’s no sort of treatment with your rib. It’s got to heal naturally. That could mean he could be out for a few weeks.”

Arsenal take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday and David Luiz is expected to miss that game due to the chest injury.

But what remains to be seen is that how big the injury really is since the last thing the Gunners can afford is to lose one of their most experienced players.

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