Arsenal are reportedly ‘growing increasingly alarmed’ about Aaron Ramsey’s fitness as a hamstring injury continues to keep him sidelined.
The Welshman picked up the problem in the opening game of the season against Liverpool last month, and has failed to recover and feature again since.
Having also been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, it remains to be seen when he is able to make his comeback, with The Sun reporting that Arsene Wenger is still unsure as to when he will return as he fears rushing him back which in turn could aggravate the problem.
Ramsey is said to have returned to light training before the international break, but clearly the 25-year-old hasn’t made the level of progress expected since and is no closer to returning to action.
In turn, Wenger will not gamble on his fitness and push him to return ahead of schedule, as the Gunners now ultimately face a frustrating waiting game to see when he is able to make a comeback.
Ramsey made 40 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring six goals and providing five assists before going on to play a pivotal role for Wales in their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 this past summer.
However, it’s been a frustrating start to the new campaign as his influence has been non-existent since that defeat to Liverpool, with Arsenal desperate to have all their stars available for selection despite their much-improved form in recent weeks.
From Ramsey’s perspective, it will be a major blow to him as he will likely face a tough time in getting back into the team, and the longer he’s out, the more opportunities it presents to the competition to establish themselves in the starting line-up.