Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out for up to six weeks after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee, the club announced Tuesday.
This means that Lacazette, 26, will miss both legs of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 tie against Swedish side Ostersunds, as well as the League Cup final against Manchester City later this month.
“Lacazette had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning,” Arsenal said in a statement on their website.
“The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”
The France attacker has made 26 league appearances for Arsenal, scoring nine goals since he signed from French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais last summer.
However, he has only found the net on one occasion so far in 2018 following a dip in form, and missed two good chances to secure a smash and grab for Arsenal in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
With club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied in Europe, Lacazette’s injury means manager Arsene Wenger only has Danny Welbeck and Eddie Nketiah to call on up front for Thursday’s trip to Ostersunds.
The Gunners presently lie sixth in the Premier League with 45 points from 27 games, and may need victory in the Europa League to return to the Champions League next season.