Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in training and has been ruled out of this summer’s European Championships.
The winger hasn’t played since the Champions League defeat to Barcelona in February but returned to training just over a week ago and hoped to be involved before the end of the campaign.
However, a setback in training early this week will rule him out for 6-8 weeks.
It’s a bitter blow for a player favoured by Roy Hodgson, despite a poor campaign Oxlade-Chamberlain would’ve fancied his chances of being selected this summer.
“There’s no chance,” Arsène Wenger said when asked if the midfielder could feature in France. “They (the medical staff) told me yesterday he’ll be back in July.”
That means Oxlade-Chamberlain should at least have a good break before the new campaign and a full pre-season to prepare.
With a number of players expected to go to Euro 2016 and Alexis Sánchez likely to play for Chile in the Copa América, Oxlade-Chamberlain could have a great opportunity to start the season in the side when August comes around.
Playing 33 times this season, he will feel like he hasn’t started enough games. The latest injury is a huge blow to his England chances but could give him a platform to start next season well with Arsenal.