Danny Welbeck has been sidelined with a knee injury since April, and is still weeks away from a return (via The Guardian). Arsene Wenger admits that the injury has left him confused, and that he doesn’t know why the England international has taken so long to return.
“It is much slower than expected,” Wenger said.
“It was a bone bruising at the start. You think that it will be quite quick. He is an important player for us and the fact that he is not available is a bit of a concern.”
Wenger insists that sophisticated modern medicine baffles him, and that he leaves everything up to his medical staff. He asked if Welbeck would need surgery to fix the problem, but was assured that he would not.
“It is bone bruising and nothing wrong at all. They have done all kinds of scans that today are very sophisticated and some of them I don’t understand at all. But they tell me no [he won’t need surgery],” he continued.
With Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and club doctor Eva carneiro all over the news (via BBC), Wenger was jokingly asked if the medical staff were to blame for Welbeck’s lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The manager chuckled, and replied: “Maybe.”
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We don’t appear to have missed Welbeck hugely, with our fantastic end to the last campaign and our successful pre-season showing we have a top quality squad. He’s a solid squad player though, and will offer Wenger another option in attack.