Arsene Wenger has today revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains two weeks away from returning from a groin injury which has kept him out since the Manchester City victory.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2015
It was thought, at the time, that ‘the Ox’s’ groin injury wasn’t too serious, but the midfielder will have been out for a month by the time he eventually returns to the first team.
Concern continues to heighten for the former Southampton man after he revealed this week that a chronic groin problem has been irritating him this term.
Despite being ever-present in our team this season alongside Alexis Sanchez and Per Mertesacker, there is a clear problem with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness.
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“I have had quite a lot of injuries this year, with a few niggles and groin problems, but I’ve played through all of it and even when I’ve been in discomfort for most of the games, I have been able to manage it,” Chamberlain told the Evening Standard this week.
The fact that Wenger’s previous update on our no.15 was that he had a chance for the Tottenham Hotspur game at the weekend, just how the situation has gone from “just short for Spurs”, to a further two weeks out is baffling.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2015
The injury situation has genuinely been a bit more controlled this season in terms of players returning on time, but a ‘setback’ culture still exists at the club.
Hopefully, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s groin problems can be cured swiftly and the winger can help us in the run-in.