Gibbs sidelined for rest of season

LONDON - Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will miss the remainder of the season after the Premier League club said on Thursday he would require surgery on a broken foot.

"The fracture has failed to heal satisfactorily and to ensure a complete recovery, Kieran will undergo an operation in London on Friday," said a statement on the club website.

"It is expected that Kieran's rehabilitation will take approximately five months."

Gibbs, who sustained the injury in a Champions League match against Belgian side Standard Liege in November, broke into the first team last season, deputising for first choice left back Gael Clichy.

The 20-year-old had made seven appearances this season for Arsene Wenger's side, who went top of the league on Wednesday following a 4-2 win at home to Bolton Wanderers.

"Needless to say I'm gutted - there's just no other word," England Under-21 international, Gibbs said.

"I'm now just looking to recover from the injury, work really hard and be ready for next season."

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