Danny Welbeck has been out of action since last April, but looks set to make a return to action very, very soon. The England international has been struggling with a knee injury, suffering set-back after set-back. He’s back in training now though, and the Arsenal medical staff are evaluating him ahead of a potential appearance for the U21s on Friday (via the Evening Standard).
Although he’s not exactly a key member of our first team, it’s still been disappointing to be without the pacy forward for the entire campaign. We knew early on that we wouldn’t see Welbeck for the rest of the 2014/15 campaign, but we were all expecting him to return from his lengthy spell on the sidelines at the start of the season. When that didn’t happen it was obviously a bit of a blow, but worse was the fact that Arsene Wenger refused to delve into the transfer market to find a replacement, despite the former Manchester United man facing months and months on the sidelines.
Welbeck finally looks set to make his return in the coming weeks, although after so long out he’ll take some time to regain his fitness. Wenger is confident his recovery is going well, but warned us not to expect too much too soon.
“Danny Welbeck is stepping up his rehabilitation,” Wenger said (via the Evening Standard).
“We have to remember that he has not played since April 2015 and will need a game with the Under-21s, where we can monitor him and leave him free to play at his level of commitment. That looks to be very soon, maybe this week.”
We haven’t been given any kind of solid senior team return date for the 25-year-old, but an U21s appearance should be followed fairly quickly by the odd first-team display.
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How quickly we see him featuring in the league will obviously depend on how well the U21s appearance goes, but at least another useful squad player is on the verge of returning.