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Arsenal injury boost: Star set to make long-awaited comeback
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is set to make his long-awaited comeback to the pitch with the Evening Standard reporting that he’ll take part in the under-21’s clash with Brighton on Friday.
Welbeck hasn’t featured for Arsene Wenger’s men since suffering a knee injury during our draw with Chelsea way back in April 2015 of last season.
The 25-year-old was initially only expected to be out for a matter of days but the injury turned out to be far more serious and he was eventually forced to undergo surgery in September.
Danny returned to full training last week and the boss suggested that he would need to turn-out for the under-21’s in order to build up his match fitness before he’d be ready for the first team.
“Danny Welbeck is stepping up his rehabilitation.
“We have to remember that he has not played since April 2015 and will need a game with the Under-21s, where we can monitor him and leave him free to play at his level of commitment. That looks to be very soon, maybe this week.”
Wenger said, according to the Evening Standard
It looks like Welbeck is now ready to make his return to the field as the Evening Standard claim he’ll take part in Friday’s under-21’s fixture with Brighton.
The attacker is only expected to play 45 minutes, as Tomas Rosicky did when he made his comeback for the under-21’s a couple of weeks ago, but it’s a significant moment for him.
As long as he comes through the game unscathed, Arsene will then have to decide whether to bring him back in to the first team fold or make him have another game with the under-21’s.
The earliest we could see Welbeck with the first team is against Leicester on the 14th but I think the FA Cup clash with Hull the following weekend would be the ideal opportunity to ease him back in to first team action.
It’s going to be great to have Welbeck back as I think we’ve missed him this season. As was clear last night, we could certainly do with another goal threat and someone who can be an alternative to Giroud up front.
Right now, we look lacking in ideas through the middle and I don’t think we’d maintain our title challenge without Welbeck’s return. Right now, we’re still 6/1 to win the title but we can get you 10/1 thanks to this promo code for betting on the Premier League. With Welbeck set to return, I think that’s worth a punt.