Arsenal centre forward Danny Welbeck is now a doubt for Euro 2016 after injuring his right knee in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
The former Manchester United striker, who seemed destined for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summers tournament is a major concern after being substituted in the first half at Etihad.
The 25-year-old appeared in a bad way after the match, with Arsene Wenger particularly worried with the extent of his injury.
“Danny Welbeck has a knee problem. I hope it is not too bad,” Wenger told reporters (via Arsenal.com). “We need to wait for a scan, I hope that it is not bad one and a meniscus.”
“Danny is a strong boy, he is not a guy who moves out quickly. We tried to keep him on the pitch and straight away he tried to move on and he said it was impossible.
“At half time, I looked at him and he was very down so he must have pain. Lets hope we have good news tomorrow from the scan.”
Should the injury be as bad as initially feared, his chances of making the squad could be very slim. It is a cruel blow after a promising return to the Arsenal first team, however he was unable to build on his winner against Norwich last weekend after he was substituted just 24 minutes into the first half on Sunday.
Even without the Gunner it is a safe to bet on England to win against Russia in their opening Euro tie. England have plenty of options up front but it is a devastating blow for a player who spent eight months on the treatment table last year.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffering another knee injury last week, Arsenal’s England contingent is rapidly reducing. Thankfully Jack Wilshere’s comeback has been so far successful and something to get excited about.
Get well soon Welbeck.