Arsenal captain and midfielder Mikel Arteta underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle and will miss three months, according to BBC Sport.
The 32-year-old hasn’t played since a 2-0 Champions League group stage victory over Borussia Dortmund on Nov. 26.
“He had limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf,” manager Arsene Wenger said. “That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it’s a proper solution that gives him the best chance to recover.”
Arteta came to Arsenal from Everton in August 2011 for a $15.2 million transfer fee and has 16 goals in 136 appearances with the Gunners.
The news was also bleak for defender Mathieu Debuchy, who underwent surgery on a dislocated shoulder and will also miss three months.
Debuchy had just returned from missing three months with an ankle injury.
The 29-year-old Frenchman is in his first year with Arsenal after playing last season with Newcastle United. He signed a contract in July approximately $18.2 million, but has played in just 14 matches.
Debuchy signed with Arsenal after helping the French men’s national team reach the World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil last summer.