Danny Welbeck enjoyed an evening of mixed fortunes for England on Friday night.
The frontman assisted Wayne Rooney for the opening goal as his parried shot fell to the Manchester United man, scored the second himself just before halftime, should have won two penalties, was voted man of the match and then limped off the pitch with a ‘tweaked knee.‘
The injury is serious enough to rule him out of England’s friendly against Italy next week however speaking after the game Roy Hodgson confirmed that it is “not serious.”
With Liverpool on the horizon for Arsenal after the break, quite what ‘not serious’ means is anyone’s guess.
Hodgson added “We have had two blows because I have always known that Raheem Sterling was waiting for an injection in his toe and he has been playing through an injury for a while now.
“Raheem has done well to play through it, but I have known for a while that he needed this injection and I agreed with he and Brendan [Rodgers] that he would play tonight’s game and then he would have the injection.
“We are going to lose both him and Welbeck, which is a blow for us because they are an important part of a system we are trying to play. It will give a chance to somebody else.”
The player, who has returned to the club, said after the game “I’m obviously happy with that but most importantly we’re getting these victories and we’re playing well, so that’s the main thing and we just want to keep this run going.
“It was obviously a good team performance, we got the goals, we didn’t let them into the game and we pressed them high up the pitch as a team. It was a good performance and it was good to get the victory tonight.”
Good news in that he hasn’t mentioned the injury, about which Hodgson expanded by saying “it all went right apart from Welbeck’s injury towards the end of the game which has soured it a bit.
“We hope it’s not serious, but it’ll probably keep him out of Tuesday, which is a disappointment particularly as we’d already lost Daniel Sturridge (through injury on Monday).
“Welbeck has had a tweak to the knee, when he dived with the goalkeeper. We were planning to take him off anyway. He’s being assessed by the medical staff, but we won’t get a proper idea until Saturday.
“The medical staff gave me the impression they’re not terribly worried about it, but that Tuesday may be too soon. But we’ll see.”
So far, this seems to have been the only injury picked up by an Arsenal player while on international duty, but given we’re only half way through the break, Arsenal fans won’t be relaxing any time soon.