GRANIT XHAKA has been ruled out for three months with a horror knee ligament injury.
The Arsenal midfielder, 29, limped off in Sunday's 3-1 North London Derby win at the Emirates.
He was pictured at home with his daughter wearing a brace on Monday.
But the Gunners have now confirmed he is set to be sidelined until the New Year.
The club said: "Further to injuring his right knee during Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, assessments and scans have confirmed that Granit Xhaka suffered a significant injury to his medial knee ligament.
"A specialist consultation took place in London on Tuesday evening which has determined that Granit does not require surgery.
"Granit’s recovery and rehabilitation programme will start immediately and we are aiming for him to be back in action in approximately three months.
"Everyone at the club will now be supporting and working hard with Granit to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible."
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Xhaka went down after accidentally being clattered by Spurs star Lucas Moura at the weekend.
Albert Sambi Lokonga came on for the final eight minutes as Arsenal closed out victory over rivals Spurs – with help from an Aaron Ramsdale wondersave.
Xhaka was making his first appearance in four weeks on Sunday as he returned from suspension.
The Swiss midfielder was sent off in the 5-0 thumping at Manchester City for a needless tackle on Joao Cancelo that earned him a three-match ban.
But he reckoned the challenge did not deserve a red card.
Xhaka – linked with a transfer to Roma in the summer – said: "About the red card: brutally surprising! With the Premier League people often talk about English toughness.
"I hit the ball 100 per cent and got a red. The pictures weren't checked by the VAR. I’ve seen tougher tackles that weren’t even assessed as a foul."
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