Arsenal have been handed a major blow ahead of their final game against Aston Villa on Sunday (15 May) with news of Danny Welbeck suffering a knee injury that is likely to keep him out for up to three to six months. The striker, who limped off midway through the first-half during the Gunners' clash against Manchester City on Sunday (8 May), is likely to miss England's Euro 2016 campaign and the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
According to the Sun, the striker has most likely damaged ligaments in his knee, which could see him sidelined at least until September. The scan results are due on Wednesday and Welbeck will be hoping it is not as bad as first feared as he only recently returned from a long-term injury.
The former Manchester United star returned in February after a 10-month absence due to a separate knee injury and will be gutted to have picked up another injury before England's campaign at the European Championship finals in June this year. The 25-year-old forward is a favourite of Roy Hodgson and was likely to be named in the 23-man squad after impressing on his return to action.
Welbeck scored five goals and provided two assists following his return earlier this year and is a key member of Arsene Wenger's squad. He had displaced Olivier Giroud as the manager's preferred choice in the No 9 role and the Three Lions manager had guaranteed him a place in the squad if he proved his fitness.
Wenger looked worried for the striker following the game, initially admitting that it was probably a lateral meniscus injury, but the true extent will be revealed following the scan. Welbeck will become the second English player from Arsenal to suffer a late setback, joining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was ruled out of the Euro's after picking up a knee injury in training just ahead of the game against City.