Arsenal manager Unai Emery may be considering doing a u-turn regarding one of his first-team stars, after it transpired Rob Holding will be out of action for between six and nine months.
Holding was stretchered off during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the player was taken back to London to undergo tests.
It was determined on Friday that Holding could spend as many as nine months out of action, with a projected recovery time of six months if the recovery goes as well as it possibly can.
Frustratingly for Holding, it means his season is over.
And that could see Emery decide to keep hold of Mohamed Elneny.
A reprieve for the Egyptian?
The Sun claimed last month that Elneny was a player Emery was willing to sell for around £15 million as part of his ongoing revolution at the club.
According to them, Leicester City were keen to snap him up.
But with Holding’s injury, Emery may decide against sanctioning his sale.
Although Elneny is a defensive midfielder by trade, he has filled in a number of times as a right-sided centre-half when the team have played with three-at-the-back.
He could provide some handy cover, especially with Laurent Koscielny’s fragility and Konstantinos Mavropanos still unproven.