Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck was taken to hospital after suffering a “serious injury” in their
Europa League draw against Sporting on Thursday, the club’s manager Unai Emery confirmed.
Welbeck jumped for a header in front of goal at the Emirates Stadium and rolled over in pain after
landing awkwardly on his ankle.
The England international who was excluded from the Russia 2018 World Cup team was named in the Three Lions squad for the FIFA international break.
He was given oxygen by medical staff before being taken off on a stretcher to a standing ovation
from the home fans.
“It’s the worst news. We think it’s a serious injury,” Emery told reporters, adding that Welbeck, 27,
had been taken to hospital with the club waiting to hear more on his condition.
“His injury is very big for him, for us and for all,” Emery said, when asked about Welbeck’s
prospects at the north London club in view of the fact that his contract ends this season.
Arsenal qualified for the Europa League knockout stage after the match against Sporting ended in a 0-0 draw.
England manager Gareth Southgate included Welbeck in his squad for next Thursday’s friendly with the United States and a Nations League tie against Croatia three days later at Wembley.
The extent and severity of his injury his still unclear, but we hope he gets back soon to joined his team mates at Arsenal.