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Tuesday 13 December 2011

Arsenal struck by Santos injury blow

Left-back set to miss three months of the season with an ankle injury

Santos was stretchered off during Arsenal's defeat at Olympiakos in the Champions League

Arsenal have been hit by the news they will have to cope without left-back Andre Santos for the next three months because of injury.

The 28-year-old Brazilian suffered ankle ligament damage during the club's 3-1 defeat in the Champions League against Olympiakos last week.

A statement on the Gunners website (arsenal.com) read: "Following investigations and subsequent medical opinions from club specialists, Andre Santos will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle.

"Andre will have surgery in Brazil this week and is expected to be out for around three months. Everyone at the club wishes him well."

Santos, who has won 22 caps for Brazil, joined Arsenal just before the transfer window closed at the end of August from Turkish side Fenerbahce for £6m.

He has already made 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring in the home Champions League win over Olympiakos and away in the Barclays Premier League in the 5-3 victory at Chelsea.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal's Andre Santos injured ankle at Olympiakos
  • Left-back will have surgery in homeland Brazil
  • Set to miss next three months of the season