Knee in­jury casts doubt on Wel­beck’s Euro chances

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - PREMIERE LEAGUE - By James Ducker

Danny Wel­beck’s prospects of play­ing for Eng­land at Euro 2016 this summer are in jeop­ardy amid fears that the Arse­nal for­ward has suf­fered an­other se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

The Eng­land striker will have a scan to­day af­ter he was sub­sti­tuted mid­way through the first half at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Arsène Wenger said there were con­cerns Wel­beck had dam­aged the menis­cus in his right knee in an in­nocu­ous-look­ing chal­lenge with City de­fender Bacary Sagna, four days be­fore Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son is due to name his squad for the tour­na­ment in France.

It is not the same knee on which Wel­beck had surgery in Septem­ber to cor­rect a prob­lem that kept him out for 10 months and from which he re­turned only in Fe­bru­ary but Wenger ad­mit­ted the player was crest­fallen and in pain.

The Arse­nal man­ager said: “We have to wait for a scan. I hope it is not the menis­cus but there is a lit­tle sign of that. Danny is a strong boy and we tried to keep him on the pitch but straight away he tried to move and said it was im­pos­si­ble.

“At half-time I looked at him and he was very down and he had pain. The good news [if it is not se­ri­ous] is that he will not be out of the Eu­ros and the bad news [if it is] is that he will. I am an op­ti­mist.”

There was bet­ter news for Hodg­son as Jack Wil­shere, who re­placed Wel­beck, emerged un­scathed from his first proper runout since re­turn­ing from a bro­ken leg suf­fered in pre-sea­son. The Arse­nal mid­fielder had played for just six min­utes in the 0-0 draw at Sun­der­land last month.

“He is well pre­pared phys­i­cally and I be­lieve his per­for­mance was en­cour­ag­ing,” Wenger said. “He will ben­e­fit from this in­ten­sity.”

One player def­i­nitely out of the Eu­ros is Vin­cent Kom­pany. The in­jury-plagued City and Bel­gium cap­tain un­der­went surgery on a torn groin in Spain on Satur­day and is ex­pected to be out for four months as doubts grow over his long-term fu­ture at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Kom­pany was in­jured early in City’s Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal sec­ond leg de­feat by Real Madrid at the Bern­abéu on Wed­nes­day, the fifth se­ri­ous mus­cle in­jury the cen­tre-half has suf­fered this sea­son.

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