Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is unlikely to start the upcoming Premier League clash with Manchester United despite making a welcomed return to the first team after a lengthy injury layoff.
Manchester United host Arsenal in their first Premier League meeting of the season at Old Trafford on Monday night and Hector Bellerin is almost certain to miss out on the starting lineup for the game.
Hector Bellerin returned from a serious knee injury for his first Arsenal appearance in eight months during the Carabao Cup third round win over English Championship club Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
Hector Bellerin came on as a 77th minute substitute for summer signing Kieran Tierney as Arsenal booked their place in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 courtesy goals from Gabriel Martinelli (2), Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock.
After the game, Unai Emery told reporters that Hector Bellerin is not in contention to start the league clash at Manchester United before adding that the Spanish international right-back wanted to play the whole game but he had to listen to the advise of the doctors.
Hector Bellerin came on in the second half and immediately provided an assist for Joe Willock for the third goal scored by Arsenal in the 5-0 rout of the former European champions.