Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for a number of weeks, after picking up a knee injury.
The England international damaged his knee and there are fears he could have ligament issues, which could keep him out for up to two months, meaning he would miss the majority of the Gunners’ title run-in.
The injury will come as a blow to the 22-year-old, who was beginning to pick up some form and had established himself amongst the first-team, starting against Barcelona before his heavy touch led to him clashing with Javier Mascherano – and coming off worse, meaning he had to be substituted for Theo Walcott.
Wenger, speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s game on Sunday against Manchester United, as reported by the club’s official website, claimed that while the Ox is to see a specialist on Friday afternoon, he will likely sit out of action for an extended period.
We lost Chamberlain on Tuesday night. His injury is quite serious and will keep him out for a few weeks.
He’s seeing a specialist because he’s injured his knee. He’s out for a few weeks, for how long exactly I don’t know.
It’s a new injury. When he was cut in two by Mascherano he did his knee. We have to see how great the damage is. It was a fully committed tackle, but I don’t think it was a malicious tackle.
Let’s hope we get good news and it’s only three weeks rather than six or seven.
When discussing whether the Ox would miss out on the European Championship next summer, the 66-year-old claimed that he thinks the winger should be fine.
I don’t think so but I’m cautious because he’s seeing a specialist now.
Arsenal face Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, with the Gunners boasting the opportunity to move to the top of the Premier League.