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Arsene Wenger confirms midfielder is facing another 4 weeks out
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will remain sidelined for up to a month as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has missed our last seven matches in all competitions after suffering a knee problem during our Champions League last-16 first leg defeat to Barcelona at the Emirates in late February.
The 22-year-old had initially hoped to make his return in early April and the player appeared to offer a positive update on his recovery after posting a photo of himself on Instagram last week which showed him working out in the gym with a caption saying he was “feeling stronger every day.”
However, it doesn’t look like the midfielder will be back in the squad any time soon as Wenger claimed at his press conference this morning that Oxlade-Chamberlain is still not running outside and it still three to four weeks away from returning to action.
When asked for an update on Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of our clash with Watford, the boss is quoted as saying by the clubs official Twitter account:
“He is recovering. He is not out running. He will be three or four weeks away.”
If The Ox takes the full four weeks to regain match fitness then it means he could be back in contention when we welcome Norwich City to the Emirates on April 30th and he’d then be available for our final two games with Man City and Aston Villa.
However, we’ll have to wait and see how he responds when he steps-up his training programme this month as any setback would rule him out for the rest of the season and potentially put his participation at Euro 2016 in doubt.
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