Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to be back in action within five weeks, providing a major boost to his hopes of featuring in Roy Hodgson's squad travelling to the European Championships in France later this year. The midfielder was injured in the game against Barcelona when he clashed with Javier Mascherano and had to be taken off 50 minutes into the game.
The Mirror reports that Chamberlain has seen a second specialist regarding his injury, who has told him that he does not need surgery, which should expedite his recovery process. Chamberlain will be hoping that he can be back for the latter half of Arsenal's title tilt and help the Gunners in their quest for their first league title in over a decade.
The 22-year-old was an influential figure in the first half against Barcelona, keeping Neymar under wraps on the right but missed a gilt-edged chance with only the goal at his disposal. Arsene Wenger has a plethora of options to replace the England international, with Danny Welbeck, Danny Welbeck and Joel Campbell all in contention to feature on the right.
Arsenal's injury woes have eased significantly over the past couple of months, with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla the only players out with long-term injuries. Wilshere has begun training while Santi Cazorla has revealed that he should be back in action before the second leg against Barcelona at the Nuo Camp.
The Gunners take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, 28 February where a win is imperative given that Leicester City won their game against Norwich City with a last minute winner. The win has opened up a five-point gap at the top of the league, which can be narrowed to two points should the Gunners win today, with Tottenham also playing against Swansea at the same time.