Unai Emery confirmed at his post-Wolves press conference that Danny Welbeck underwent surgery on his broken ankle on Friday.
On Saturday, based on reports across the media, we covered news that surgery was being considered but by that point Welbeck had already had his operation.
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 surgery was 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]
Headlines in the weekend’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, that’s no surprise to anyone who saw Welbz’s ankle bent underneath his own body.
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 quite as patient with seriously injured players as Arsene Wenger was.
Speaking after the game against Wolves, Emery said, “Danny Welbeck’s injury is a big injury. We spoke with him yesterday and today. We support him with our personal relationship between the player and the staff.
“Yeah [it is broken]. He had an operation on Friday.
“I think it’s better for the doctor to say to you [if we will see Welbeck play again this season]. It’s a big injury but the outcome… the doctor can answer that better than me.”