The 22-year-old Dutch international was forced off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday. He had initially received treatment for a knock in the first half, but returned to the field before going down again shortly after the restart.
Arsenal have now confirmed that Timber has sustained an injury to his right knee. He will undergo a further assessment and review with a consultant in the coming days to assess the full extent of the injury. A further update will be provided in due course.
Timber’s injury is a blow to Arsenal, who have already lost Kieran Tierney to a long-term knee injury. The Dutchman was signed from Ajax in the summer as a potential replacement for Tierney, and he had been making a good start to his Arsenal career before his injury.
It is not yet clear how long Timber will be sidelined for. However, the fact that he is undergoing further assessment suggests that the injury could be serious. Arsenal fans will be hoping that Timber’s injury is not as bad as it seems, and that he will be back in action sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, Arsenal will have to rely on Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes as their central defenders. They may also need to dip into the transfer market to bring in another defender before the end of the transfer window.