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Wenger confirms fresh injury blow + striker out for 4 more weeks
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck is still at least a month away from playing again while Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out for around 6 weeks with a hamstring injury.
Welbeck hasn’t been seen since suffering knee ligament damage during our game with Manchester City towards the end of last season but the boss revealed earlier this week that he was getting closer to making his return.
After a long rehabilitation programme, the former Manchester United striker has now returned to light training at London Colney prompting rumours he could be back in action before Christmas.
However, it seems that speculation is wide of the mark as Wenger has now confirmed that it will be at least another four weeks until Welbeck will be back on the playing field.
Given how long he’s been out, you’d expect Danny will need a few games with the under-23’s to regain his match sharpness so I personally don’t think we’ll see him in the first team until well in to January.
It will be a similar case with Mathieu Debuchy as the boss has confirmed that the Frenchman has suffered a severe hamstring injury and is expected to be on the sidelines for around six weeks.
Debuchy only recently returned to fitness following a calf injury and made his first start for Arsenal in over a year when he lined-up against Bournemouth last weekend. However, he limped off after just 18 minutes and is now facing another spell on the treatment table.
His injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as Hector Bellerin is still nursing an ankle injury and isn’t due back for another 3 weeks so we’re short of options at right-back meaning we may be forced to deploy the hapless Carl Jenkinson again this weekend.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the West Ham game tomorrow, Wenger told reporters:
Wenger says Danny Welbeck "at least four weeks away from playing again" despite being back in training. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) December 2, 2016
Wenger says Debuchy has a "severe" hamstring injury and will be out for "six weeks, I think".
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) December 2, 2016