Arsenal FC goalkeeper Rami Shaaban will be out of action for several months after breaking his leg in training on Christmas Eve.
Shaaban, who has fractured both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg following a collision with a fellow player, underwent surgery on Tuesday evening.
A club statement read: "It is a terrible blow for both Rami and the club as the 27-year-old has settled in well since joining Arsenal earlier in the season. The players were visibly upset following the incident as Rami is both a team-mate and a friend. Everyone's thoughts are with Rami and his family, especially over the Christmas period, and we wish him a full recovery."
Shaaban, who arrived at Highbury from Swedish club Djurgårdens IF, has played just five times for the Gunners this season, twice in the UEFA Champions League and three times in the Premiership, the last of those coming in the 2-0 defeat by Manchester United FC at Old Trafford earlier this month.
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