Huge blow: Emery confirms Arsenal star is in hospital with broken ankle

By on November 9, 2018

Unai Emery has confirmed Danny Welbeck was sent to hospital after suffering a broken ankle injury during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

Welbeck was recalled to the starting eleven last night as he replaced the rested Alexandre Lacazette up front and the England international was hoping to replicate his heroics from two weeks ago that saw him score the winner in Portugal.

However, the striker endured a nightmare evening as he collapsed in a heap after challenging for a header in the area midway through the first half. Welbeck signalled to the bench immediately and was given several minutes of treatment from the medical team.

It was clear the injury was serious as several Arsenal players were visibly shocked while Danny was given gas and air as a protective boot was applied to his right ankle before he was stretchered off to be replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 30th minute.

Welbeck was immediately taken to hospital for x-rays and speaking after the game, Emery confirmed to reporters that the forward has broken something in his ankle.

Emery told the Evening Standard:

“This is the worst news tonight. We think it’s serious. He was working well, doing a good match. He had chances.”

“Every injury is different. He has broken something in his ankle. It is a different injury than another.”

This is a cruel blow for Welbeck as he’s been plagued by a number of serious injuries since joining Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014. He’d started the new season well having scored 5 goals in his 13 appearances so far and was expected to be given a new contract over the coming months.

However, with his current deal set to expire in June 2019 and the striker potentially facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, it remains to be seen whether Welbeck will stay with Arsenal beyond then end of the season.