Arsenal opened the new Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, but those three-pointers left a bad taste. Timber being replaced due to injury was not good news, although there was initial hope that it wouldn’t be too bad.
In other words: There were no immediate reports that something seriously went wrong. Unfortunately, after two days. The purchase was halted for several months due to a cruciate ligament injury, as can be read in various Dutch media.
Timber had just arrived at Arsenal. He arrived from Ajax this summer for a transfer fee of €45m, where he has celebrated many successes. He was also an instant success in an Arsenal shirt, winning the Community Shield.
Rehabilitation for at least six months
Unfortunately, the 22-year-old Timber will not be focusing on Premier League football in the near future, but he will likely undergo surgery and recover anyway. It will depend on whether he plays again this season. For damage to the cruciate ligament, you generally have to wait at least six months, but often a little longer.
It also means that the Dutch national team will have to ensure qualification for Euro 2024 without Timper. There are two important international matches scheduled for early September, against Greece and Ireland.
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