Positive news for Arsenal as goalkeeper Bernd Leno has avoided a serious injury to his knee and could return to the squad withing four to six weeks, the club have confirmed. The German goalkeeper was forced off the pitch after a collision with Brighton Hove & Albion forward Neal Maupay and it was feared Leno would have sustained a serious knee injury.
A statement on the official website of Arsenal read:”Right knee. Positive news after detailed assessments. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on Saturday. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks.” After the game Maupay apologised to Leno and insisted he never intended to hurt the stopper.
“I’ve been through a bad injury so I know it’s hard but I never meant to hurt him”, Maupay said. This comment by the forward was followed after he was angrily confronted by Arsenal players after the final whistle. The forward not only collided with Leno but also scored a 95th minute winner to secure Brighton’s 2-1 win.