Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who is on international duty with Germany, played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.
But he arrived at the German camp with a problem in his left knee and an MRI scan in Munich on Wednesday showed damage to the joint.
A statement on the German Football Association website read: “The MRI examination revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint.
“The treatment is… six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be out [for] 10 to 12 weeks.”
If the diagnosis is correct, it means Ozil may not be available to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger until after Christmas.
The playmaker signed from Real Madrid for a club record £42.4m in September 2013 and has scored eight goals in 46 starts.
He has been criticised for some of his performances, but helped the Gunners win the FA Cup last season – the club’s first trophy in nine years.
Ozil will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday.
He is also almost certainly out of the national team’s fixtures against Gibraltar and Spain in November.