Danny Welbeck has been out injured since last April, but finally looks set to make his return to action in the FA Cup next week, according to Arsenal.com.
The England international has been struggling with a knee injury ever since last season, with set-back after set-back pushing his return date back repeatedly. He’s finally been back training recently though, and has been tipped to make a return to the first team against Hull City in the FA Cup.
“He is doing well, it is a bit early for him maybe but he is now back to full power in training,” Wenger said.
“It is a big possibility [he could be involved against Hull next week]. We gave him one or two days recovery after the under-21 game, but now he is back in full training. He has worked very hard and he is fit.”
Welbeck has already been training and has featured for the U21s, and is well on his way towards being fully fit. Wenger suggests he is “back to full power”, so hopefully we’ll at least get to see a cameo appearance against Hull City.
Welbeck’s return is probably not going to be a season defining moment, and he’s unlikely to be even close to his best when he first returns. He will definitely add something to the squad though, which is a huge boost as squad depth has been an issue for us this season.
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We’ve once again been rocked by injuries, and our title push was regularly looking like being derailed. We’re still more than in the fight though, and with a number of players on the verge of returning from injury we’re in a pretty decent position.
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Welbeck missed last season’s FA Cup final, so will be desperate to make his return and take part in the build up this time around. The game against Hull will be a repeat of the previous year’s final, and hopefully the result is the same (although without the scare at the start of the game).