Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is expected to be out until the end of the year as he requires surgery on a meniscus tear.

That’s what Kicker report today, providing an update on the Arsenal loanee and what is proving to be an unfortunate loan spell with Stuttgart.

The Greek defender was shipped out on loan by Arsenal this summer, with it clear that he was not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season.

A move to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga was seen as the perfect option, with the 22-year-old guaranteed first-team football in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

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That, though, hasn’t worked out as planned with the Arsenal loanee managing just one appearance so far this season as injuries have ruled him out.

That’s now set to extend into the new year, with Kicker reporting he needs surgery on a meniscus tear and will ‘probably’ be out until the end of the year as a result.

The newspaper explains that depending on how severe the tear is and whether the meniscus is sewn together or removed will determine how long the centre-back is set to spend on the sidelines.

At the moment, no decision has been made because the ‘next steps’ need to be discussed with Arsenal.

However, a lay off until the end of the year seems ‘realistic’ at this point.

That’s bad news for Stuttgart, who were relying on Mavropanos to shore up their defence this season and Arsenal, who were obviously hoping the defender would be getting regular minutes by this point.