While on International duty with Costa Rica, Joel Campbell sustained a knee injury. The incident occurred during the 1-1 draw with Canada at this year’s edition of the Gold Cup.
The attacker has confirmed that he will need surgery and may miss up to six months.
Joel Campbell: Out of Options?
Both he and Arsenal were ready to make a deal to move the player to a new club this summer. Campbell, who joined the team in 2011, has struggled to make an impact during his few appearances (only 40 in six years).
Now it seems hugely unlikely that a club will make a bid for the Costa Rican, and Arsène Wenger & Co. will have to pay his wages as well as rehabilitate Joel Campbell.
Then, after he is fit again, he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January with another club and leave as a free agent. Such arrangements are allowed during the transfer window before a player’s contract expires.
So, Joel Campbell will not be able to play for any team, let alone Arsenal, and the Gunners will have to keep him on the books.
Campbell said on his website, “It is sad and difficult to have to leave the national team. I gave it everything, as I always do. Now I have to think about my recovery to come back stronger than ever.”
One Possible Beneficiary
Although, as bad as this news is for the club and player, there is one party who may benefit. That is Lucas Perez, who had his kit number taken from him earlier in the summer. His number nine went to record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Then, in turn, Joel Campbell’s number 28 went to Perez. No doubt this is a sign of two things. First, Campbell has no Arsenal future. Second, despite the fact relations are strained between Perez and Arsenal, he may have a future in north London.
After all, if his time is done, then why take another player’s number and re-assign it?
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