Danny Welbeck is struggling with a toe injury that may impact his involvement in Arsenal’s final games of the season, according to the The Mirror.
The 26-year-old scored just his fourth goal of an injury-interrupted campaign in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United to give Arsenal’s hopes of a top four finish a boost.
However, the report claims Welbeck may have to be carefully managed over the run-in as he is nursing a toe problem, initially picked up in January.
The problem may go some way to explaining Welbeck’s lack of game time since making his comeback from a long-term knee injury that forced him out of the game for eight months.
Arsenal play Southampton in midweek before games against Stoke, Sunderland and Everton in the Premier League and then the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27.
While Welbeck found himself back in the starting line-up at the Emirates on Sunday, the problem may see him drop out of the team again for the trip to St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
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Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to play it safe with Welbeck to avoid the risk of losing him for another large chunk and he may also be forced to miss England’s forthcoming games against Scotland and France.
Although the injury does not sound too serious the club are right to be careful with Welbeck, particularly with his injury record, even though they face a crucial run of fixtures in the next few weeks.