Arsenal scholar Conor Henderson is expected to miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed that the
midfielder tore his crucial ligament in his left knee on his Reserves debut against Portsmouth last month.
Speaking to the Arsenal Matchday Programme, Henderson said
‘I came on as a substitute and was really looking to make a good impression on my debut. With about five minutes of the game to go I went to make a turn but my boots got stuck in the turf. My knee then twisted and the damage was done.’
Early indications suggest that Henderson, who turned 17 last month, could be out for up to nine months and cites that his ‘only target is to be fit and ready for pre-season next year.’
The injury comes at a bad time for Conor, who was becoming a key player for Steve Bould’s under-18s side, scoring one goal from three appearances this season. He will also miss out at international level too but is currently focussed on his rehabilitation.
‘When I first got injured I was concerned about my future at Arsenal because I have not signed as a professional, but the Club were quick to make sure that I should not worry about that and the main thing was to concentrate on getting myself right. That’s what I intend to do.’
He can take heart from the fact that Rhys Murphy was awarded a professional contract in the summer despite being plagued by injury and Conor is certainly a promising player so it would be such a shame if he doesn’t go on to make it here because of this.