UNLUCKY Arsenal star Cedric Soares reportedly required surgery on a broken nose after an accidental collision with Bukayo Saka in training.

The Portuguese international arrived at the Emirates on Deadline Day in January already nursing a serious knee injury.

Soares, 28, joined to provide cover for Hector Bellerin at right-back.

But he is still yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

Having recovered from his troublesome knee problem during the coronavirus pandemic break, he is now finally in contention to contribute for Mikel Arteta's side.

It's been anything but plain-sailing, however.

According to The Athletic, Soares suffered an accidental collision with Saka in training so bad that he was required to undergo surgery.

And in pictures from last week's friendly defeat to Brentford at the Emirates, Soares can be seen with his nose still swollen, and his left eye also practically forced shut from all the swelling.

He has also since been forced to train in a protective face mask.