Gunners' Gibbs out for another month
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will be sidelined until the end of January after undergoing an operation on his left groin, deepening the Gunners' defensive crisis.
Gibbs, 22, had been out of action since October following surgery to remove a hernia but recently returned to training and was expected to be involved over the hectic Christmas period.
However, the England international has now suffered a fresh setback, and a specialist has ruled that he faces another month out of action.
"Kieran Gibbs has had surgery on his left groin and he will be out for a month,'' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed.
The Gunners have a significantly depleted defence at present, with Johan Djourou, Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna also sidelined.
Those injuries have forced Wenger to field centre-backs Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at left and right full-back respectively.