Danny Welbeck’s return from injury has been dealt a major blow as the Arsenal forward wont be returning until February. The 25-year old was formerly scheduled to resume action by January, but new reports now claims he wont be available until February.
The England international suffered a severe knee injury early this year which forced him to miss the end of last season and still on the verge of missing the 1st half of this season. Welbeck was reported to have undergone a knee surgery in September after which a January return date was reported.
England coach, Roy Hodgson commented on the injury in a September interview with Telegraph, “Welbeck bothers me now. He has already been out since March and for Arsenal since April, so that’s over four months, isn’t it? And now I hear its another six months, so I can only hope that Danny recovers a bit quicker and then hits the ground running.”
The news will certainly dampen the spirit at Arsenal as the team are currently enjoying a great run of form and have also lost notable players to injuries as well. Among the important players sidelined through injury for Arsenal are Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Francis Coquelin.
The former Manchester United man made a bright start at Arsenal until unfortunate incidence of injuries halted his impressive start. Welbeck made 18 premier league starts for Arsenal, scoring just four goals. Welbeck was often shifted to the flanks at Arsenal. He provides Arsenal with mobile option in advance areas and also versatility as he can take charge of both flanks.