Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for nine months with a serious knee injury and will miss Euro 2016.
Arsenal released a statement indicating that Welbeck had undergone surgery after sustaining significant cartilage damage during Sunday’s match against Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger admitted after the game that he was fearful for Welbeck’s chances of making the European Championships, and those fears have now been realised.
‘Since returning to action in February after injuring his left knee in May last year, Welbeck’s impact has been telling – scoring five times, including the recent winner against Norwich City at Emirates Stadium,’ the story on Arsenal’s official site read.
‘Everyone at Arsenal will be working hard with Danny throughout his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.’
It leaves Roy Hodgson with a significant headache, with Andros Townsend and Theo Walcott the most likely players to replace Welbeck.
I will be back stronger! ?? pic.twitter.com/ueLNSfHxZl
— Danny Welbeck (@DannyWelbeck) May 11, 2016
We really hope you’re right, Danny. But what on earth is going on with Arsenal and serious knee injuries?
Danny Welbeck's league games:
2010 – 26
2011 – 23
2012 – 30
2013 – 26
2014 – 32
(Move to Arsenal in 08/2014)
2015 – 9
2016 – 11
2017 – ?
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 11, 2016