Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for this Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, as he continues to struggle with a knee injury picked up on England duty last week.
Welbeck hobbled out of England's 4-0 win over Lithuania with the problem, which Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson immediately insisted wasn't serious.
Try telling that to Arsene Wenger though, with The Mirror reporting that he remains a "big doubt" for a potentially pivotal Saturday showdown with a direct rival for Champions League qualification.
Early return should help chances
Welbeck was released by England straight after last Friday's qualifier for treatment by Arsenal medical staff on the troublesome knee, which will surely aid his chances of making the squad to face Liverpool.
Wenger will now be sweating on the fitness of his England team-mate Theo Walcott even more than before though, because if the winger can come through tonight's friendly with Italy unscathed there's every chance Welbeck's misfortune could be his gain.
One more set of friendlies to flinch through
England's trip to Turin represents the last major hurdle for Wenger in terms of getting key personnel through the international break unscathed, alongside Santi Cazorla's potential participation in Holland's rematch of the 2010 World Cup final against Spain.
Tomas Rosicky has already been sent back to London Colney suffering with a cold, while the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have come through their two matches with a clean bill of health.
Welbeck's knee pain may be a concern, but in the grand scheme of things if he's the only new injury problem for Arsenal before the Liverpool match that will represent a good return for Wenger when you consider a horrible recent record with losing key players for significant parts of the season.
Arsenal fans, would you be happy to see Walcott starting instead of Welbeck against Liverpool, or should the latter be risked even if not 100% fit? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!