Arsenal handed injury boost – midfielder set for swift return

By on December 22, 2016

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Arsenal are set to be handed an injury boost with the Daily Mail reporting that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to make a swift recovery from a hamstring problem.

The Ox limped out of our 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury just 12 minutes after coming off the bench to replace Alex Iwobi.

The Mail claim that the 23-year-old has had a scan and the results show that the injury is not as bad as first feared meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain should be a swift return to action.

The midfielder is still expected to miss the Boxing Day visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates but the newspaper says Arsene Wenger is hopeful Oxlade-Chamberlain will be back to face Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

If he is once again ruled out against the Eagles, then The Ox should be back in contention for the trip to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth on January 3rd.

The news comes as a welcome boost as the last thing we needed was another player being ruled out for a significant period as Aaron Ramsey is still nursing his own hamstring problem while Santi Cazorla isn’t due back until late February following ankle surgery.

With Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker still working their way back to full fitness and Shkodran Mustafi out with a hamstring issue, we have enough injury problems to worry about so thankfully it sounds as though Oxlade-Chamberlain should be back soon.

The England international has finally started to show us what he’s capable of this season with 6 goals and 6 assists his best return by far at this point in the campaign and he was beginning to establish himself as a first team regular before his injury.