Danny Welbeck has undergone a second operation on his broken ankle after a first operation on Friday.
A statement on the Arsenal site said, “Further to sustaining an injury last Thursday against Sporting CP, Danny has undergone a second planned operation on his right ankle.
“Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take.
“Everyone at the club will now be providing Danny with the best possible treatment and support in order to make him fit again as soon as possible.”
The forward landed terribly on Thursday night during the Europa League game against Sporting CP 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.
The surgeries were reportedly performed by ‘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]
According to reports in some of Tuesday’s papers, Arsenal are expected to give a timescale for Welbeck’s return within the next 48 hours.
Welbeck had been in talks with Arsenal over a new deal with his contract set to expire in the summer. What happens now is anyone’s guess.