A Las Vegas-led consortium is pushing to buy the south-coast club – with a £150million offer said to be on the table.
A niggling groin complaint has troubled the England international for some time and the Gunners announced on Thursday that Smith Rowe now faces over two months on the sidelines after going under the knife. "In recent months, Emile Smith Rowe has been experiencing discomfort in his groin, which has limited his training and match appearances," a club statement read.
Ciaran Clark (hamstring), Jack Robinson (knee), Enda Stevens (calf) and Ben Osborn remain sidelined for Paul Heckingbottom's side. Full-back Jayden Bogle has resumed training having been out since suffering a knee injury in February and, along with striker Billy Sharp (ankle), played for the Under-21s against Hull on Tuesday. Despite injury worries, Heckingbottom has slammed soft fouls in the game.