Danny Welbeck has been out injured for quite some time, but is hoping to make a return to action early in 2016, as reported by The Guardian.
The former Manchester United man had a decent first season at the club, and proved himself a solid squad player. He was a victim of the Arsenal curse however, and suffered a nasty injury towards the tail end of the campaign.
The injury initially didn’t seem that bad, but his return date was pushed back, and pushed back, and pushed back. He eventually underwent surgery a few days after the close of the summer transfer window (via The Guardian) – much to the annoyance of Arsenal fans, who felt Arsene Wenger should have done more to bring a striker in over the summer.
The 24-year-old has been in a leg brace for a while, but has finally had it removed. He has spoken of the problems he experienced while wearing the apparatus, and claims he should be back around the new year.
“It’s difficult to put an exact date on it, around the new year,” he told Sport 360 (via The Guardian).
“After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks which wasn’t easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day.
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“Sleeping in a leg brace isn’t good. At night it’s not comfortable, it’s the first time I’ve slept on my back in years.
“It’s good to finally be out of the brace now and walking. It feels like I’m getting that little bit closer to getting back out on the pitch.”
Welbeck was used as a striker and a winger last season, with Olivier Giroud generally preferred up front. With Theo Walcott currently keeping the Frenchman out of the side though, there will certainly be a different dynamic when the England international returns.
Aaron Ramsey has been deployed on the right more often than not, a position Welbeck was utilised in regularly last season. The team is playing well at the moment though, so Welbeck may struggle to break back into the team.
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There’s quite some time before we’ll have to worry about that anyway, and there’s no telling what state we’ll be in come January.