Danny Welbeck
Arsenal have been handed a fresh injury blow after Roy Hodgson confirmed that striker Danny Welbeck tweaked his knee during the Three Lions 4-0 victory over Lithuania.Getty Images

Arsenal have been handed a fresh injury blow after England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that striker Danny Welbeck tweaked his knee during the Three Lions' 4-0 victory over Lithuania in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

The Gunners forward played a starting role for his country providing an assist and scoring a goal, which earned him the man of the match award, but was substituted late in the game due to the injury.

Hodgson confirmed that the striker has picked up a knock and has ruled out the former Manchester United striker for England's friendly against Italy on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger will be anxious to know the extent of the injury to his player and will hope that he can recover ahead of the north London club's crucial clash against top four rivals Liverpool next Sunday.

Welbeck has become a key part of the Arsenal squad and has overtaken Theo Walcott as the manager's preferred choice for the right-winger's role.

"Welbeck's injury towards the end of the game which will probably keep him out of Tuesday's game, it's a little bit unfortunate for a game that means a lot to us going back to Italy that we are going to be short of a few players," Hodgson said, as quoted by Goal.

"It's a tweak to the knee, he's being assessed by the medical staff now. We won't get a clear idea until tomorrow. The medical staff have given me the impression they aren't terribly worried but Tuesday may be too soon."

"We're going to lose Sterling and Welbeck, which is a blow for us, not only because they played well tonight but because they're an important part of a system that we're trying to play," the England manager added.