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Wenger on attackers ‘long term’ serious injury & Welbeck update
Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Yaya Sanogo’s mysterious long-term injury problem while he also offered a brief update on the recovery of Danny Welbeck.
Sanogo hasn’t featured for the Arsenal first team since December 2014 and hasn’t played a competitive fixture since back in April when he was on loan at Charlton Athletic.
I was under the impression the 23-year-old has been nursing a troublesome calf injury since the summer but Wenger has now suggested that it’s actually something more serious.
Speaking after last night’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the EFL Cup, Wenger told reporters that Sanogo has been suffering from a serious medical problem that’s forced the club to give him complete rest.
The boss says the problem is not life-threatening but is a long-term injury issue related to his calf – although Wenger refused to divulge too much information as he says it’s ‘confidential’.
Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express:
“He [Sanogo] had a real medical problem that I cannot explain to you here, because it is a confidential problem,”
“Not a secret problem, but it is medical, I cannot speak about that.
“He has no life-threatening problem but he had a long-term injury, and I am not specialised enough to explain to you exactly what it is in his calf. But we had to rest him completely.”
Hmmm, it’s all very mysterious. Obviously I hope Sanogo gets well soon but it’s not going to help our cause because even a fully-fit Yaya Sanogo doesn’t get anywhere near the Arsenal first team.
However, one player who would useful to have around is Danny Welbeck and it looks as though the striker is closing in on making his long-awaited return to fitness.
Welbeck has been nursing a serious knee injury since the end of last season but Wenger has now confirmed that he’s ‘not far’ away from making his comeback.
When asked for an update on Welbeck last night, Wenger told the Express:
“He is not far.”
I think it will be a real boost to have Welbeck available again as he’ll give us another top class option up front while he can also play out on the wings if needed. He’s due to resume training this month but I don’t think we’ll see him back in the first team until well in to the New Year.