Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could be out for the season after suffering

Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could be out for the season after suffering significant ankle injury against Sporting Lisbon

  • Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could miss rest of the season with ankle injury
  • Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher in Arsenal’s draw against Sporting Lisbon
  • There are concerns Welbeck suffered a break, dislocation and ligament damage 
  • Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner set to be out for a month with hamstring injury 

Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck is out for the season as doctors consider the option of surgery on his right ankle, which suffered a ‘significant’ injury.

Welbeck remained in hospital on Friday after being carried off on a stretcher against Sporting in the Europa League on Thursday night, and was due to have an MRI scan before a final decision is made on whether the striker requires an operation.

Doctors are waiting for the swelling to reduce before making a definitive diagnosis — but there are concerns Welbeck has suffered a break, dislocation and ligament damage.

Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could miss the rest of the season with a serious ankle injury

Arsenal fear Danny Welbeck could miss the rest of the season with a serious ankle injury

There are fears that Welbeck has suffered a break, dislocation and ligament damage

There are fears that Welbeck has suffered a break, dislocation and ligament damage

If an operation is required, Sportsmail understands world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Calder, who has worked extensively with Arsenal, would likely lead the procedure.

Calder has operated on Gareth Bale and Jack Wilshere.

Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is facing four weeks out after sustaining a hamstring injury

Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is facing four weeks out after sustaining a hamstring injury

Arsenal said Welbeck was still being assessed with a definitive diagnosis due in 72 hours. Welbeck is facing an uncertain future. His deal expires at the end of the season and there is doubt whether he will play for Arsenal again.

Welbeck’s injury could force Arsenal into the transfer market in January, with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe a possibility.

Meanwhile, defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is facing four weeks out after sustaining a hamstring injury against Sporting.


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