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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had terrible luck with injuries recently, and is once again set to miss out on a major tournament after being ruled out with a knee injury, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Ox initially suffered a nasty knee injury against Barcelona in the Champions League, clashing with Javier Mascherano and being forced off shortly after. He looked to be on his way back before the end of the season, but Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that he’ll be out for the next couple of months at least.
“There is no chance [that he will be fit for the Euros],” Wenger said.
“I had a conversation with Alex and with our medical team and they told me he will [be] back in July. He was out for a while and was not overloaded with games.
“You want a guy of 22 years of age to go to the European Championships, so it is very sad.
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“It’s very sad because he was physically quite ready and sharp in training.
“He had one week training and was planning to play on Tuesday night [for Arsenal’s reserves] and got injured on Monday morning.”
It’s a real blow not only for us but for the Ox himself, as this is far from the first time he’s missed a major tournament. He looked certain to play a big part in England’s 2014 World Cup campaign, performing superbly in the friendlies right before the tournament. He suffered yet another injury right before the competition started though, and ended up missing the entire thing.
We really are yet to see the best of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his constant injuries hampering his progress. He unfortunately hasn’t improved as much as many would have hoped, and although he’s still young, many are growing tired of his stunted growth.
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Hopefully this setback is his last, and he returns next season fully fit and ready to have a real impact.