England manager has moved to allay the fears of Arsenal fans who saw the striker limp off in the 1 – 0 win over Estonia on Sunday, stating the player’s condition is not as bad as was feared.
“I don’t think he’s injured. He just rolled his ankle slightly and the doctors are not worried about it” Roy said.
“It had to be Danny [to come off] because he turned his ankle slightly. It’s no danger and he’ll be fit [for Arsenal]”
Wenger will be interested to know the exact extent of Welbeck’s ankle turn, without having to rely on Roy’s thinking, just as he has elected to follow the club’s recommendations with respect to Ozil’s knee damage. With no more International duties for England after the Estonia game dispatched, the manager will be in a hurry for Welbeck to return to London Colney for proper assessment and diagnosis, hoping though that he will not have to contend with the 11th injury worry of this campaign.
The 23-year old striker has been on an impressive form for the Gooners after his £16 million deadline day move from Manchester United. Despite struggling in his first two games with a flurry of missed chances, Welbeck has enjoyed a good spell in front of goal, scoring four goals in four games since opening his account against Aston Villa.
His movements and all-action display has drawn praise both from teammates Cazorla and Ozil, as well as many observers, some even saying he has provided a little more variety which seemed to be absent when Olivier Giroud was available. England midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has hailed his teammate for the understanding both seem to have struck on both club and International duties.
The Ox provided an assist for Welbeck’s first-ever professional hat-trick goal against Galatasaray, also providing another for his goal against San Marino, showing the existence of a potential partnership between the two – a partnership which is now on the verge of jeopardy if Welbeck’s ankle turns out in the old-Wilshere condition.
As much as it may appear a curse, perhaps the scare of Welbz’s injury could be a blessing in disguise, to give some other squad members game time against Hull at the weekend. The likes of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell have been yearning for opportunities in the first team, with Podolski threatening to send thunder and brimstone if he doesn’t get more games. Though both may not appear as direct target men as Welbeck, with the rights support from Alexis, Chambo and Cazorla on the wings, either of the two should still be able to get more integrated into the team.
Campbell, especially deserves more time. The loss of him would bite and itch as many believe he’ll become an instant hit elsewhere. Podolski may leave in January, but between now and Chrsitmas, we could squeeze as much as we can.
A rest/injury to Welbz could present the perfect opportunity.
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