Hodgson, Wenger made to wait over Welbeck injury

Date published: Monday 9th May 2016 9:54

England manager Roy Hodgson is anxiously waiting for news of Danny Welbeck’s fitness amid fears the Arsenal striker could miss Euro 2016.

Welbeck was forced off after 24 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday with what could be a knee cartilage injury.

The 25-year-old, who only returned from a 10-month lay-off following an injury to the other knee in February, was due to undergo a scan on Monday.

He has not been ruled out of this summer’s tournament in France but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did express concern.

Hodgson names his initial squad for the European Championship on Thursday.

Wenger said: “At half-time I looked at him and he was very down, so he must have pain. Let’s hope we have good news from the scan.

“The good news is that he will not be out for the Euros and bad news is that he is out for the Euros, but I don’t know. I don’t know if it is a lateral meniscus.

“I am an optimist, but let’s wait until we have a real good diagnosis.”

Welbeck appeared to injure himself attempting to tackle Bacary Sagna and he went down holding his leg.

He attempted to return to the action but shook his head seconds later and walked off the pitch, clearly frustrated.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, himself on his way back from a lengthy injury exile, replaced Welbeck and his showing – only his second appearance of the season – will at least have encouraged Hodgson.

Wenger said: “I felt he has shown today he is well prepared physically and overall I believe his performance was encouraging.”

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