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Arsenal Handed Major Injury Boost As Midfielder Closes In On Return
Arsenal have been handed a major injury boost with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain closing in on a return to fitness and could even feature against Hull City on Monday.
The Ox hasn’t featured since being forced off during our FA Cup quarter final win over Manchester United with a hamstring injury back at the start of March.
His was due to make his comeback earlier this month but it was delayed when he aggravated a niggling groin injury and he’s been struggling to shake it off ever since.
Arsene Wenger admitted two weeks ago that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s season was under threat as the inflammation around the groin was refusing to shift and reports last week suggested that the 21-year-old was set to sit out the rest of the campaign.
There was even talk in the newspapers that we may need to operate to rid the midfielder of the problem once and for all.
However, it seems the inflammation must have finally reduced sufficiently for The Ox to return to training as Ben Dinnery – a freelance injury analyst who works for ESPN and Physioroom amongst others – claimed today that he’s close to making a return and has an outside chance of facing Hull this coming Monday.
This would be a huge relief as I was worried The Ox may miss another season’s run-in and most importantly, miss another FA Cup final after a groin injury ruled him out last year.
I wouldn’t rush him back for the Hull game as we have plenty of alternative options but it would be great if he was in contention to make his comeback against Swansea on the 11th May.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 28, 2015