Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a doubt for Arsenal’s upcoming FA Cup final next month with Hull City after sustaining a groin injury, with Arsene Wenger suggesting he may not feature for the club again this campaign.
Wenger has remained cautious with the 20-year-old and left him out of the squad to face Newcastle United on Monday night to help the injury settle.
Despite his impending two-week lay off, Wenger feels he should be fine for the World Cup but it appears he faces an outside chance to be fit for the FA Cup final on May 17th.
The Arsenal boss told reporters after his sides 3-0 victory at home to Newcastle:
He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] has an inflammation of his groin. He couldn’t practise. I put him on Friday on the team sheet and played him when he was needed, but it came to a point where it didn’t progress. We decided to give him a complete rest for two weeks. Will he be involved with me? I think he has a chance. But will he be ready for England? I think so.
The England international has been a huge influence in the squad since his return from a serious knee injury in early 2014, however since doubts over his fitness has surfaced recently and the return of Ozil and Ramsey, Arsenal have been able to afford him some respite.
With both Cazorla and Podolski finding some improved form of late there is little need for Wenger to rush The Ox back before the final. Hopefully two weeks will be sufficient enough to mend the groin and he can be part of the squad for the Gunners trip to Wembley.
Get well soon Ox.