Arsenal winger Joel Campbell has picked up a serious knee injury while on international duty with Costa Rica and will miss the remainder of the Gold Cup this summer. “We will see what the doctors say, but it is a pretty big tear and I will have to undergo an operation,” said the 25-year-old, reports Goal.
Campbell picked up the injury against Canada on Tuesday and will now be undergoing surgery, with rumours that he’ll be sidelined for six months. Costa Rica’s chances of winning the competition will be hampered due to his absence but the Arsenal man will now be worried about his club future.
With his contract up next summer, Campbell isn’t likely to feature for Arsenal until February 2018, meaning he will be out of favour in the most crucial season in his career. The South American forward has been loaned out five times by the Gunners since his signing in 2011 and can’t force his way into the first-team.
He spent 2011/12 with Lorient, making 25 league appearances, scoring three goals. Campbell joined Real Betis in 2012/13, making 28 league appearances, scoring twice. He spent 2013/14 with Olympiacos, making 32 appearances, scoring eight goals. He spent 2015 with Villarreal, making 15 appearances, scoring once. And he spent 2016/17 with Sporting Lisbon, featuring 18 times, scoring three.
Is his Arsenal career over?