Hector Bellerin suffers fresh injury blow in bid to regain Arsenal form

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin's bad luck with injuries has continued and the Spaniard has been playing through the pain of a groin tear sustained last month.

The injury to his right groin was picked up in training before Arsenal's match with Newcastle United on February 16.

This latest blow comes after Bellerin missed nine games with a hamstring injury sustained in December and a further 31 games last year with a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee.

The 24-year-old has struggled to return to fitness after his injury-struck 2019 and has been taking painkillers to manage his pain, according to The Athletic .

Bellerin has played a full match only ten times since returning from his cruciate ligament injury in September 2019 and Mikel Arteta opted to start natural centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the right of defence in Arsenal's 1-0 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

However, Bellerin came off the bench to help see the match out and is said to be undertaking extra training before and after squad sessions as he looks to return to peak fitness.

The groin injury may have been aggravated by Bellerin playing the full 90 minutes against Newcastle and then Everton a week later, before playing 84 minutes against Olympiacos.

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