Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck is nowhere near ready to feature, and insists the England international is at least three weeks away from a return to action, as reported by The Telegraph.
Welbeck has been sidelined for months with a knee injury, and missed the entirety of our pre-season campaign. His last appearance was against Chelsea in April, with the 24-year-old out for the last six games of the season – including our FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa.
There were reports suggesting he could be set to start against Crystal Palace this weekend (via the Daily Mail), but very few believed it. Having missed nearly four months of action, there is no way he would be thrown straight back into action so quickly after recovering.
Arsene Wenger confirmed what we already knew in his recent press conference, revealing that Welbeck is yet to return to full training and will miss at least another three weeks.
“He’s not close because he has not started full training,” the manager said, as quoted by The Telegraph.
“He’s at least three weeks away.”
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We are badly in need of attacking options, with our forward line looking particularly toothless against West Ham.
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Danny Welbeck is unlikely to be the solution to our problems, but he will at least be a solid option to have available. Hopefully his imminent return won’t negatively impact our transfer business, as it would still be fantastic to see a marquee striker arrive.