Mesut Ozil revealed he suffered an ‘outer ligament tear’ during Fenerbahce’s 1-1 draw against Antalyaspor last night.
The former Arsenal star signed for the Turkish club in January having been frozen out by Mikel Arteta and was hoping to relaunch his career and rebuild his reputation with the club he supported during his childhood.
Ozil has failed to score or register an assist in his six apperances for Fenerbahce so far and missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring last night, but missed what was effectively an open goal with Ruud Boffin way out of position.
The former Real Madrid playmaker’s night got worse, however, when, midway through the second-half, he was fouled by Antalyaspor goalscorer Fredy, went over on his ankle and subsequently taken off on a stretcher in apparent agony.
Ozil could now miss the next six weeks, but the player revealed on Instagram that the injury was not as serious as it might have been.
He said: ‘Really sad that I won’t be able to help my team due to an outer ligament tear in the next few games, but it could have been worse and I’ll try everything to be back on the pitch soon. Thanks for all your messages & support.’
In Ozil’s absence, meanwhile, Arteta has promoted from within and given youngster Emile Smith Rowe the opportunity to nail down a regular first team place.
The 20-year-old has played a prominent role in eye-catching victories over the likes of Chelsea and Leicester, but the highly-rated midfielder suffered a setback against the Foxes last weekend.
‘Emile had a scan yesterday,’ Arteta revealed on Wednesday. ‘It doesn’t look a significant injury but he was in discomfort. For the rest, hopefully everybody should be okay.’