Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could potentially be sidelined until January 2014 after reports in the media suggest his road to recovery will be longer than expected.
According to the Mirror, the Arsenal midfielder may not return to training until mid-December, meaning he may not feature for at least a few weeks after his return to full practice.
Oxlade-Chamberlain collided nastily during the Gunners opening day defeat to Aston Villa, and was expected to return to action at least by late November/early December. However the seriousness of his injury may restrict the Englishman to the sidelines for another month.
The 20-year-old still has every chance to make Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, something that will be on the back on his mind. However he cannot afford any further setbacks.
The news is a blow for Wenger who needs more options on the wings, however with the return of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski fast approaching the Gunners can manage without Oxlade-Chamberlain for the coming month or so.
Best of luck to The Ox, get well soon!