Wel­beck likely to be out for long time with in­jury

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Danny Wel­beck could face a lengthy spell on the side­lines af­ter Ar­se­nal de­scribed his an­kle in­jury as “sig­nif­i­cant”.

Wel­beck was car­ried off on a stretcher on the half-hour mark of Thurs­day’s Europa League stale­mate with Sport­ing Lis­bon.

The Eng­land for­ward con­tin­ues to be as­sessed, with Ar­se­nal set to pro­vide a fur­ther up­date on his con­di­tion in the next 72 hours.

He is ex­pected to miss his coun­try’s fix­tures against the United States and Croatia dur­ing the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional break, hav­ing been named in Gareth South­gate’s squad ear­lier on Thurs­day.

As­sessed

“Danny re­mains in hospi­tal and will con­tinue to be as­sessed,” the club posted on ar­se­nal.com yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. “A fur­ther up­date will be is­sued over the next 72 hours.”

Wel­beck has en­dured a wretched in­jury record dur­ing his ca­reer with knee is­sues cost­ing him months on the side­lines.

His lat­est set­back comes af­ter he landed badly on his right an­kle hav­ing jumped for a header in the 25th minute of the Group E en­counter at the Emirates Sta­dium.

The 27-year-old re­ceived oxy­gen on the pitch and had his leg in a pro­tec­tive brace as he was taken off.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion as­sured

Ar­se­nal head coach Unai Emery ad­mit­ted af­ter the goalless draw – which as­sured Ar­se­nal’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the knock­out stages – that Wel­beck’s in­jury weighed heavy on his play­ers.

Team-mate Rob Hold­ing has backed Wel­beck to make an­other come­back and in­sists the Ar­se­nal play­ers will rally around their col­league.

“I didn’t see it be­cause ob­vi­ously I’m at the other end of the pitch so I didn’t see ex­actly what he’d done,” said Hold­ing.

“But Danny is a tough lad so if he’s on the floor, I know it’s some­thing se­ri­ous and he’s gone off to hospi­tal now and we’ll see what hap­pens.

“He’s been so un­lucky with in­juries over the past few years but he’s a good char­ac­ter and got a good set of lads around him so we’ll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can.

“He can come back strong.”

Danny Wel­beck leav­ing the Emirates pitch on a stretcher

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