England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that Danny Welbeck will be out of action for up to six months after undergoing ankle surgery.
The Arsenal striker hasn't played since the Gunners' 0-0 draw against Chelsea back in April because of the injury.
The north London club had been hopeful that Welbeck's ankle complaint wouldn't require surgery however after failing to show sufficient improvement during rehabilitation the decision was made to go under the knife.
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Arsenal confirmed the decision in a statement on their official website but didn't put a time on his potential return - however Hodgson appears to have done just that.
Speaking about the former Manchester United man's potential participation in Euro 2016, Hodgson seemingly confirmed the worst possible news for Arsenal fans.
“Well, Welbeck bothers me now,” the England manager said. “He has already been out for me since March and for Arsenal since April, so that’s over four months, isn’t it? And now I hear it’s another six months, so I can only hope that Danny recovers a bit quicker and then hits the ground running."
Hodgson also admitted he was growing frustrated over Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, who made just seven Premier League appearances last season and hasn't featured this term. The 26-year-old hasn't played for his country since the Three Lions' 1-0 win against Norway last September although he is now closing in on full fitness.
“Daniel [Sturridge] is a bit the same. It’s getting on for a year now [since he played for England]. They are always in my thoughts because I think they’re very good players and they did extremely well when they were playing in the national team I was coaching, but I’ve got to make certain that there are a few Vardys and Kanes and Walcotts, because we can’t keep going around talking about the ones who aren’t there.”
England take on Switzerland at Wembley tomorrow with their qualification for Euro 2016 already sealed and Wayne Rooney seeking the goal that would make him his country's all-time leading goal scorer.