Arsene Wenger says that Danny Welbeck may have torn his lateral meniscus, putting the forward’s chances of playing at Euro 2016 in real doubt.
The striker picked up in the injury in a challenge with former Gunner Bacary Sanga, twisting his knee as he planted his foot. He tried to carry on, but left the field in the 22nd minute, heading straight down the tunnel.
Speaking after the game, the Arsenal manager voiced his fears that Welbeck’s injury was a serious one, but at this early stage it’s impossible to know what the prognosis is.
“I’m worried,” he said. “We’ll try and be optimistic and wait for the scan tomorrow. The first signs, the medical people told me it looks like it is a lateral meniscus – and I hope they are wrong.
“But Danny looks down, so he knows. He’s not a guy who wants to off, so I’m a bit worried.”
It’d be a real blow for Welbeck, having come back from a lengthy injury absence, to miss another prolonged period, and the summer international tournament.
This new injury is not the same knee, so it’s not a side effect of the previous.
Let’s keep fingers crossed.