Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is to be ruled out until at least the end of April with a knee injury.
The England international limped off early in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 UEFA Champions League round of 16 loss to Barcelona, with the 22-year-old coming off worse in a collision with Javier Mascherano.
Arsene Wenger, speaking on Friday morning, confirmed that the Ox would undergo a test to meet with a specialist in order to determine the extent of the injury, and according to the Mail Online, knee ligaments were damaged, leaving the England international sidelined for a minimum of five weeks, with the beginning of May likely the time period he’ll return to action.
The injury means that the Ox could return to play a key part in Arsenal’s title run-in, as well as gaining fitness ahead of selection for Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad, which begins in France during mid-June.
If the ex-Southampton star can prove his fitness to the England selection team, he will likely make the squad, although missing out on international tournaments is something that Oxlade-Chamberlain has become familiar with, having missed out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil through injury.