Monday 20 November 2017

Welbeck out for nine months

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck lays injured. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Danny Welbeck lays injured. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Jeremy Wilson

Arsenal will accelerate their search for a new striker this summer after Danny Welbeck was ruled out for the European Championship and most of next season with a ruptured knee cartilage.

Welbeck’s worst fears were confirmed following a scan to his left knee and, after already missing most of this season with an injury to his right knee, he now faces another nine months in rehab.

It is a massive blow to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal after Welbeck had returned so positively in recent weeks following 10 months out with his previous injury.

Welbeck had been earmarked as a starter in the England team at Euro 2016, with his injury likely to give an opportunity to either Andros Townsend or Theo Walcott.

Roy Hodgson, who is also waiting on the fitness of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, will name his 23-man squad on Monday.

Wenger had been minded to give Welbeck the opportunity to establish himself during pre-season in his preferred central striker role – Olivier Giroud and Walcott have managed only five league goals between them in 2016.

Arsenal were already monitoring Juventus’ Alvaro Morata, AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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