THERE WAS bad news for Arsenal youngster Zak Ansah as it was confirmed that he will be out for six months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
The 18-year-old signed a professional contract with the club on May 2011, after joining the north London side aged 10.
Ansah was injured while playing in the reserves 1-1 draw against Liverpool on March 20, before being taken off at half-time.
Following his scan on Wednesday (March 21) the forward tweeted: “Not the best news tweeps, I have torn my cruciate ligament and will be out for at least 6months #gutted can’t wait to be back #afc.”
While he concentrates on his recovery, two other Arsenal prospects have been sent out on loan following their return to fitness.
Benik Afobe travels to Championship high-flyers Reading, and Chuks Aneke joins League One side Preston North End until the end of the season.
Brian McDermott’s Reading sit second in the Championship after winning nine of their last 11 games. Arsene Wenger feels three months at the Berkshire club will do the striker the world of good.
Wenger said: “[Afobe has gone out on loan] because he is the next central striker to come into our squad and he has been out for a long time with injury.”
He continued: “I feel that two or three months in the Championship now will help him to get a step up and hopefully he will do very well there because he has the potential to do it.
“Reading are on a good run and he can score some important goals for them. We will also see how he deals with that sort of pressure.”
Aneke will team up with manager Graham Westley after playing under his tutelage at Stevenage Borough in the first half of the season.
The Newham-born player has had a good run in the reserves, scoring six goals in 10 games. North End currently sit 13th in the table.