England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Danny Welbeck picked up an injury in England’s 4-0 win over Lithuania last night and had ruled him out of next weeks friendly with Italy alongside Raheem Sterling.
The Arsenal forward enjoyed a solid runout for the Three Lions scoring one and setting up another, and was a constant thorn in the Lithuanian’s backside, threatening their defence with his pace.
His performance certainly bode well for his inclusion against Liverpool on Easter Saturday, however it appears he may miss the tie depending on the severity of the injury.
Welbeck went down with a knee problem as was consequently replaced by fellow Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott in the 70th minute.
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Roy Hodgson expressed his concern for the Gunners forward and has ruled him out for England’s friendly next week. The word is the former Manchester United man is back with the Arsenal medical staff.
It all went right apart from Welbeck’s injury towards the end of the game which has soured it a bit,” Hodgson told Skysports.
We hope it’s not serious, but it’ll probably keep him out of Tuesday, which is a disappointment particularly as we’d already lost Daniel Sturridge (through injury on Monday).
Welbeck has had a tweak to the knee, when he dived with the goalkeeper. We were planning to take him off anyway. He’s being assessed by the medical staff, but we won’t get a proper idea until Saturday.
Although it is a certainly a blow to lose Welbeck, there is a silver lining if Sterling misses the trip to Emirates. Fingers crossed.
Stay tuned for Welbeck updates.
Get well soon Welbz.