Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been sidelined for at least a month after suffering a groin injury in the clash against Chelsea.

Welbeck who has started the season well for Gunners limped off from the pitch on Sunday after 73 minutes and was replaced by Olivier Giroud. The injury which didn’t look intense then has proved to be more than expected.

He will be out until the international break, confirmed Arsene Wenger “Danny has a scan today, we don’t know how bad his groin injury is but he will certainly be out until the international break,” Wenger said.

When asked after the Chelsea draw Wenger had said, the injury wasn a light one, “He has a groin problem. I don’t know how severe it is but it looks like a ‘good’ groin problem, not an easy one.”

Apart from missing 4 games for Arsenal during the recovery month, Welbeck is likely to miss out England’s last two World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.

The 4 fixtures he will not feature in if he is out up till the international break would be Carabao (EFL) Cup game against Doncaster, Premier League clashes against West Brom and Brighton, and the Europa League fixture at BATE Borisov.

Among other absentees for the Doncaster game are Mesut Ozil, Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Debuchy.

Wenger said: “Mesut is training again, but for (Wednesday), no (he will not feature). He has a little inflammation of his knee.”

“It will be a similar team to the one that played against Cologne,” Wenger confirmed.

First Published | 19 September 2017 10:14 PM
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