Football: AS Monaco’s Breel Embolo suffers severe ACL injury

Breel Embolo in training at AS Monaco's Performance Centre in La Turbie

AS Monaco have revealed that Breel Embolo has suffered a severe Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in training, and will be sidelined for several months. 

The Swiss international had been working himself back from a knee injury. Embolo made his return to first-team action at the end of the season but suffered a setback on the final day of the season during a consequential defeat to Toulouse FC.

Throughout the summer, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker had been training individually as he looked to regain fitness ahead of the coming season, which begins against Clermont Foot on Sunday.

Breel Embolo by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life

However, on Monday morning, as the Principality club’s official channels announced the squad to face Bayern Munich, it was announced that Embolo had suffered an ACL injury, which will sideline him for several months. It is a huge blow for the player, who will likely miss the majority of the season and see his preparations for the upcoming 2024 Euros disrupted, but also for the club.

Monaco in the market for a replacement?

Les Monégasques can still choose from an attacking trio of Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland and Myron Boadu. However, the former two are only under contract for another season and both have been linked with departures. Boadu is a striker with great potential but is yet to display the consistency of a starting striker during his time with Monaco.

Within this context, Monaco are now reportedly in the market for a new striker. According to The Athletic, the Principality club have launched an unsuccessful attempt to but Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun. It remains to be seen whether the Principality club will return with an improved offer, whether they will explore alternative targets, or whether they will ultimately make do with their current attacking arsenal.


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Photo by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life