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Arsenal: Konstantinos Mavropanos set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks

Arsenal: Konstantinos Mavropanos set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks

Arsenal centre-half Konstantinos Mavropanos is set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a groin injury, according to The Mirror.

The injury is said to be a recurrence of the problem which kept the Greece youth international out for much of last season.

The injury is said to put a hold on any potential move away from the club this summer, with reports suggesting the youngster rejected the chance to sign for AEK Athens.

The 21-year-old defender is not thought to be first-choice under manager Unai Emery and was being targeted by clubs from his homeland.

Mavropanos has endured an injury nightmare at Arsenal over the course of the last year or so. The Greek central defender suffered a groin injury last September which kept him out for much of last season. The injury saw him miss 28 games and 117 days last season.

The Greece youth international should be sold in the January transfer window due to the influx of young defenders at the club.

Calum Chambers started the season in fine fettle with his performance against Newcastle earning him praise from manager Unai Emery.

Rob Holding is also close to returning from injury, and with summer signing William Saliba due to return to the club next summer, there could be as many as three central defenders ahead of Mavropanos in the pecking order.

This doesn’t even take into account the two senior defenders in Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz, both of whom started the game versus Burnley.

As well as the options in defence, the statistics highlight how much Mavropanos struggled when returning from his long-term injury. The Greek defender managed to average over one in just two defensive categories.

Injuries and squad depth means Mavropanos may never get a chance at Arsenal. A move away will suit the youngster to get his career back on track following his difficult stint in north London.

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