Bellerin 'taking painkillers' to get through games after groin tear

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ‘taking painkillers’ to get through games after torn groin leaves him struggling to cross the ball

  • Hector Bellerin tore his groin in training prior to February clash with Newcastle
  • The right-back has been taking painkillers to avoid missing any further games
  • Bellerin has completed 90 mins just 10 times since injury return in September

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has reportedly been taking painkillers to get through games after tearing his groin in a recent training session.

Bellering picked up the injury in training prior to the clash with Newcastle in February but is determined not to miss any further games this season. 

According to The Athletic, the right-back has been taking painkillers, but is still struggling to cross the ball on his right side, which has limited his performances. 

Hector Bellerin is reportedly taking painkillers to get through games after picking up an injury

The right-back suffered a torn groin in training in February but doesn’t want to miss games

 Bellerin has been struggling to cross the ball with his right foot because of the injury

Bellerin has been largely ineffective in the final third in recent weeks and Sokratis Papastathopoulos was named at right-back in the win over West Ham.

The Spain international has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and missed most of the 2018/19 season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury. 

His lengthy rehabilitation saw him miss 31 games last term, while he has played the full 90 minutes on just 10 occasions since making his return in September.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta left him out of his Gunners squad to face Portsmouth in the FA Cup last week, while he only played a minute of Saturday’s victory over the Hammers.

News of Bellerin’s injury comes after Lucas Torreira was ruled out of eight to 10 weeks

Sead Kolasinac is also absent through injury after suffering a shoulder problem in February

It is the latest injury issue Arteta has had to contend with after learning on Monday that midfielder Lucas Torreira will be out for eight to 10 weeks. 

The 24-year-old suffered a fractured ankle in the 16th minute of the Gunners’ clash with Portsmouth following a tackle by James Bolton. 

Elsewhere, Calum Chambers remains a long term absentee with a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, while Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney are out with shoulder problems. 

However, Cedric Soares, who joined the club from Southampton in the January transfer window, is likely to return next week and could fill the gap left by Torreira. 



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