Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss this summer's European Championships because of injury. The 22-year-old star has suffered a season-ending knee injury that will see him sidelined for between six to eight weeks, meaning he will not be available for England manager Roy Hodgson.
The injury-prone attacker has played 24 times for his country, scoring five goals, and was expected to be included in Hodgson's squad for the tournament in France. But his club manager, Arsene Wenger, confirmed there was "no chance" Oxlade-Chamberlain would be fit in time to play at the Euros.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out injured since February, when he damaged his knee against Barcelona in a tangle with Javier Mascherano. The former Southampton midfielder returned to training last month and was expected to be fit in time for the Euros, but has now suffered a fresh injury setback.
"We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain and he will be out for six to eight weeks, I think," the Arsenal manager said during a pre-match press conference, according to The Mirror. "There is no chance of the Euros for him. He will be back at the beginning of July."
Meanwhile, Wenger also revealed centre-back Per Mertesacker will miss the rest of the campaign after limping out of the 1-0 win over Norwich last weekend with a hamstring problem. However, Wenger did not reveal if Mertesacker would be fit in time to play for Germany this summer.
By contrast, the Arsenal boss said Spain international Santi Cazorla came through a recent under-21 game without any problems. Wenger admitted Cazorla is in good condition and could even play a part against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (8 May).