GRANIT XHAKA has been ruled out for three months due to a knee ligament injury.
The 29-year-old Arsenal midfielder went down in a 3-1 north London derby win at the Emirates on Sunday.
He was pictured at home with his daughter on Monday wearing the brace.
But the Gunners have now confirmed they will be sidelined until the new year.
The club said: “In addition to an injury to his right knee during Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, assessments and scans have confirmed that Granit Xaka has suffered a significant injury to his medial knee ligament.
“There was a specialist consultation in London on Tuesday evening which determined Granite did not require surgery.
“Granite’s recovery and rehabilitation program will begin immediately and we aim to be back to work in about three months.
“Everyone in the club will now be supporting and working hard to get Granite back on the pitch as quickly as possible.”
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Zaka went down after being accidentally dodged by Spurs star Lucas Moura over the weekend.
Albert Sambi Lokonga came on for the final eight minutes as Arsenal closed out the win over rivals Spurs – with an assist from Aaron Ramsdale Wondersave.
On Sunday, Zaka was making his first appearance in four weeks after returning from suspension.
The Swiss midfielder was sent off in a 5–0 thumping for an unnecessary tackle on Joo Cancello at Manchester City, which earned him a three-match ban.
But he recognized that the challenge did not deserve the red card.
Xhaka – linked with a transfer to Roma in the summer – said: “About the red card: brutally surprising! With the Premier League people often talk about English brutality.
“I hit the ball 100 percent and got a red one. The pictures weren’t checked by VAR. I’ve seen tough tackles that weren’t even rated as a foul.”