A host of different reports over the last few days suggested Danny Welbeck would return to first-team training this Wednesday, with the England international finally fit after nine months on the injury table (via the Daily Mail).
There was no sign of the 25-year-old during training however (via Arsenal.com), which could unfortunately suggest another set-back. It could also simply mean the reports were incorrect, but knowing our luck it will probably be the former.
Welbeck has been out of action since last April, with our goalless draw against Chelsea in 2014/15 his last appearance. He’s suffered set-back after set-back, and Arsenal fans were furious when it was announced shortly after the close of the summer transfer window that he’d be undergoing surgery (via the Metro).
While not exactly a key member of our starting XI, Welbeck has proved himself to be an excellent squad player. His versatility means he’s able to fill in all across the front line though, which would have been incredibly useful during different times this season.
After such a long time out he will no doubt take a while to regain fitness and settle back into things, but there’s still time for him to play a part this season. That will require him to avoid any further set-backs though, so if his absence from training really does suggest an aggravation of the injury, then it could spell bad news for the former Manchester United man.
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There are obviously other injured stars that we’d love to have back even more than the pacy forward, but it would still be a huge boost to our chances of silverware were he to be back in contention for a starting spot.