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Arsenal star suffers injury set-back but midfielder set to return
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and will miss at least another two games, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Ox has been on the sidelines since being forced off inside the opening five minutes of our Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last month.
Initially it was only described as a ‘minor’ injury and he was fully expected to return to the squad for today’s trip to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.
However, the boss has now revealed that the 22-year-old suffered a set-back in training last week which will rule him out against the Baggies and our Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The hope is Oxlade-Chamberlain will then be fit to make his comeback against Norwich City next weekend.
Obviously this news comes as a blow as we desperately need more options in attack right now and the boss is once again going to have to make-do without several players this afternoon.
However, we should have one more option against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night as Arsene has also confirmed that Aaron Ramsey will resume training on Monday and should be available for our Champions League clash the following day.
The Welshman hasn’t featured for over a month due to a hamstring injury but his return will be a HUGE boost for the club.
The injury crisis should ease further in a fortnight with Theo Walcott expected to be back in contention within the next two weeks as he looks to overcome a calf problem that’s plagued him for over four weeks.
Here is the bosses update:
“He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.
“Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich. Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away.” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports: