Arsenal have been rocked by the news that Mathieu Debuchy is facing another three months on the sidelines if he is required to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, Daily Mail reports.
The Frenchman hurt his shoulder after falling awkwardly against Stoke City on Sunday, and was subbed off only 13 minutes into the fixture.
Debuchy is set to see specialists to evaluate the extent of the injury in the next 48 hours, with manager Arsene Wenger hoping that there will be no need for his right-back to go under the knife.
The Gunners have been extremely unlucky with injuries all season, with Debuchy himself only returning from an ankle problem that kept him out for three months.
Wenger was however boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil, who came on as a second half substitute in their 3-0 victory over the Potters.
Meanwhile Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was benched during the weekend in favour of David Ospina, however Wenger insists that not starting the Poland international had nothing to do with his smoking incident.
The Gunners boss also refused to reveal who will start in their next game, which will be against champions Manchester City at the Etihad.