Wel­beck may miss the sea­son

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LON­DON - Arse­nal fear Danny Wel­beck is out for the sea­son as doc­tors con­sider the op­tion of surgery on his right an­kle, which suf­fered a ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ in­jury.

Wel­beck re­mained in hospi­tal on Fri­day after be­ing car­ried off on a stretcher against Sport­ing in the Europa League on Thurs­day night, and was due to have an MRI scan be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion is made on whether the striker re­quires an op­er­a­tion.

Doc­tors are wait­ing for the swelling to re­duce be­fore mak­ing a de­fin­i­tive di­ag­no­sis — but there are con­cerns Wel­beck has suf­fered a break, dis­lo­ca­tion and lig­a­ment dam­age.

If an op­erat i on is r e qui r e d, Sports­mail un­der­stands worl­drenowned or­thopaedic sur­geon James Calder, who has worked ex­ten­sively with Arse­nal, would likely lead the pro­ce­dure.

Calder has op­er­ated on Bale and Jack Wil­shere.

Arse­nal said Wel­beck was still be­ing as­sessed with a de­fin­i­tive di­ag­no­sis due in 72 hours. Wel­beck is fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture. His deal ex­pires at the end of the sea­son and there is doubt whether he will play for Arse­nal again.

Wel­beck’s in­jury could force Arse­nal into the trans­fer mar­ket in Jan­uary, with Lille for­ward Ni­co­las Pepe a pos­si­bil­ity.

Mean­while, de­fender Stephan Licht­steiner is fac­ing four weeks out after sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury against Sport­ing. Gareth

Arse­nal's Danny Wel­beck the Europa League. gets med­i­cal treat­ment dur­ing

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