Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of action for three months with a knee injury, the Germany national team have announced.
German national team medical staff predict the 25-year-old will be unavailable for "10-12 weeks" due to a ligament tear in his left knee, although Arsenal have since released a statement insisting that the club will make further assessments and that "it is too early to say how long Ozil may be out of action".
Ozil, who has played eight games for the Gunners in all competitions this season, will not undergo surgery for the problem.
He sat out the national side's training session on Wednesday to go for a scan, the results of which have now emerged.
The German joins a lengthy list of players on the treatment table for Arsenal, whose approach to fitness has been a cause for concern in recent years due to repeated injury crises.
Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott are among eight players beside Ozil currently unavailable to manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal are eighth in the Premier League after seven games, with Ozil having contributed one goal and one assist in the top flight thus far.
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