Salisbury have issued an update on the condition of their on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Tom Smith.

In the weekend’s game against Hartley Wintney, Smith suffered a bad injury when saving a late attempt by the visitors, and Salisbury say Arsenal’s medical staff report:

“Tom has torn his cartilage in his knee (Medial Meniscus). He has also sustained ligament damage in his ankle. He is due to see a knee specialist this afternoon, but it is likely that he will require surgery in his knee.

“We won’t know if his ankle will require surgery, for the next week or so. He is likely to be absent from training for 8-12 weeks minimum, and will remain with us until his is fully fit.”

Arsenal have cancelled the Youth Loan arrangement under which he appeared in the Whites’ colours.

Salisbury manager Steve Claridge said: “After the game, Tom thanked me personally for the opportunity he had been given with us, but really it’s for us to thank him, as he fully bought into what we are trying to do and did very well during his spell here.”

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