Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off during our clash with Barcelona this past Tuesday, and it looks now as though he could miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage, as reported by the Express.
The Englishman collided with Javier Mascherano after a heavy touch, and was visibly struggling after the fall. The report suggests his chances of making the Euro 2016 Championships are now looking slim, which will be a real blow for the 22-year-old considering he missed the 2014 World Cup through injury too.
He remained on the pitch for the remainder of the half, despite clearly being in pain. He even came out for the start of the second half, but after a few minutes he was replaced by Theo Walcott.
The Ox had a scan on Wednesday to assess the damage, and it’s not good news. He’s suffered extensive knee ligament damage, and it’s yet to be determined exactly how long he’ll be out.
This kind of injury is not normally overcome quickly, and reports suggest he could miss a couple of months. Not only does this mean he’ll struggle to play a part for Arsenal for the remainder of the season, but also that he’s a real doubt for the Euro 2016 Championships in France this summer.
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It’s unclear how much damage was done during the challenge, and what harm remaining on the field for so long after the tackle did. It would be a real blow to be without him for the rest of the season regardless, as depth is likely to be key in the upcoming weeks. We’ve got our second leg replay against Hull in the FA Cup, our second leg against Barcelona in the Champions League, and obviously a tight Premier League schedule too. We need all the bodies we’ve got, and with a number of injuries already we really couldn’t afford any more. So far Arsene Wenger has only ruled him out of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United, but the fact he was on crutches on Wednesday does not bode well.