Danny Welbeck remains in hospital with the club, player and medical staff waiting on swelling to subside before they decide if surgery is required.
The forward landed terribly on Thursday night and, with his ankle bent into an unnatural shape, there was no doubt that Danny Welbeck was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines again as well as another painful recovery.
Welbeck was taken to hospital straight from the Emirates and will undergo an MRI scan before a final decision is made on surgery.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal have identified ‘world-renowned orthopedic surgeon James Calder, who has worked extensively with Arsenal, would likely lead the procedure.’
Professor Calder has previously operated on Jack Wilshere as well as Gareth Bale. In 2017 he was awarded a PhD by the University of Amsterdam for his thesis entitled “Advances in the Management of Ankle Injuries in Athletes”. [Download his thesis here]
A decision is likely to be made within the next 72 hours.
Headlines in Saturday’s papers declared that the England man ‘might miss the rest of the season’ but given we are in November and the season ends in May, this is no surprise to anyone who saw Welbz’s ankle bent underneath his own leg.
Welbeck’s deal with Arsenal ends in the summer and, although he had been in talks with the club about renewing his contract, his Arsenal future now hangs in the balance with Unai Emery’s team unlikely to be as patient with seriously injured players as Arsene Wenger was.