Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck ruled out for nine months

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Danny Welbeck‘s nightmare run with injuries continues.

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The Arsenal and England striker, 25, has been ruled out for at least nine months after suffering “significant cartilage damage” in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday.

Welbeck was out from May 2015 until February 2016 with a previous knee injury and since returning to fitness he’s impressed with five goals in 16 outings in all competitions.

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However now the Manchester United academy product will spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery and will miss the 2016 European Championships with England.

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Here’s a statement on Arsenal’s website about Welbeck’s condition:

Danny Welbeck has had surgery to his right knee. Specialists determined surgery was required after scans and tests revealed significant cartilage damage.

The 25-year-old was injured during Sunday’s match at Manchester City. Danny will miss the Euro 2016 Championship in the summer and his full recovery is expected to take approximately nine months.

Since returning to action in February after injuring his left knee in May last year, Welbeck’s impact has been telling – scoring five times, including the recent winner against Norwich City at Emirates Stadium. Everyone at Arsenal will be working hard with Danny throughout his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.

This long-term injury for Welbeck must force Arsene Wenger‘s hand in the transfer market this summer as he will only be left with Oliver Giroud as a central striker, plus Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott who can play through the middle at a push.