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Saturday 10 December 2016

Danny Welbeck could face Euro 2016 agony for England after knee blow

Published 08/05/2016 | 19:06

Arsenal and England's Danny Welbeck sustained a knee injury at Manchester City.
Arsenal and England's Danny Welbeck sustained a knee injury at Manchester City.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears Danny Welbeck could be ruled out of Euro 2016 after the England forward suffered another injury setback in the Gunners' 2-2 draw at Manchester City.

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Welbeck was forced off after 24 minutes of Sunday's Barclays Premier League contest at the Etihad Stadium with what Wenger said could be a knee cartilage injury.

The 25-year-old only returned from a 10-month knee lay-off in February.

England boss Roy Hodgson announces his squad for this summer's European Championship on Thursday and will be keeping an eye out for news from Welbeck's scan on Monday.

While stressing his hope that scan will not confirm Welbeck as being unavailable for the tournament, Wenger admitted he was "a bit worried".

The Frenchman said: "Danny Welbeck has a knee problem and I hope it is not too bad.

"We have to wait for a scan. I hope it is not bad news, that it is not a meniscus. He has a little sign of that.

"Danny is a strong boy and not a guy who moves out quickly.

"We tried to keep him on the pitch and straight away, when he tried to move on, he said 'No, it is impossible'.

"At half-time I looked at him and he was very down, so he must have pain. Let's hope we have good news tomorrow from the scan.

"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 after attempting to tackle Bacary Sagna in the 23rd minute.

He returned to the field after treatment but then pulled up again and left the pitch clearly frustrated.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, himself on his way back from a lengthy injury exile, replaced Welbeck and his showing will have encouraged Hodgson.

Wenger said of Wilshere, who was making only his second appearance of the season: "I felt he has shown today he is well-prepared physically and overall I believe his performance was encouraging.

"Of course, he will benefit from the kind of intensity in this game. He had not too much time to think about it and sometimes that is the best. His performance was positive."

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