HECTOR BELLERIN is set to miss the start of next season as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
The Arsenal defender, 24, underwent an op on his left ACL in January after being taken off in a match against Chelsea.
Spain international Bellerin was originally ruled out for a maximum of nine months but there appear to be ongoing concerns about his progress, report the Evening Standard.
Bellerin – who was told he could be “better than ever” by Arsenal’s doc – now must go through further time out before a return to competitive action.
That will be a blow to boss Unai Emery, who allowed Bellerin’s fellow full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to leave the club.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Bellerin said: “The other day I was sleeping without the cast.
“Sometimes when I sleep I just have to move my legs in a spasm.
“I had a spasm, woke up in the morning and had pain in the back of my knee.
“I went to rehab and told them but they said it’s normal.
“I’ve had surgery two weeks ago, so I thought nothing of it. So I thought nothing of it but this morning it was painful again.”
Opening up on his work with a physio, Bellerin added: “I did a very tough rehab today. When I got home, I stood up from the sofa and couldn’t even walk because of the pain.
“I’m a bit scared now that something has happened.”
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Arsenal were advised by club legend Robert Pires to go for Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka as cover for Bellerin – but he now could be on his way to Man Utd.
Bellerin appears to have turned into a part-time photographer and fashion icon in his time off.