A big blow has been dealt to Roy Hodgson’s England team and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team this year as Danny Welbeck is expected to miss more than half a year to recover from a major surgery.
According to the Metro, Arsenal FC stated today that Welbeck been ruled out for nine months to undergo surgery on his injured knee, which could sideline him for the rest of 2016 at the very least. He will miss Euro 2016 and the majority of the 2016-17 season as well if the estimate holds true.
Welbeck injured his knee last weekend against Manchester City, and the resulting tests and scans of the injury revealed ‘significant cartilage damage’ that required immediate surgery.
The Arsenal striker made his 2015-16 debut for the team in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Leicester City in February with Wenger carefully monitoring his minutes to make sure he stayed fit over the course of 15 games. Welbeck rewarded the Arsenal boss with five goals and two assists, earning Man of the Match honours after a strong performance against Crystal Palace in April.
Welbeck went on Twitter after the announcement, pledging to return stronger than ever.
I will be back stronger! ???????? pic.twitter.com/ueLNSfHxZl
— Danny Welbeck (@DannyWelbeck) May 11, 2016
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