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Danny Welbeck ruled out for nine months

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of action for up to nine months after having surgery to his right knee.

The England international, 25, picked up the injury during the Gunners' 2-2 draw against Manchester City this past weekend and is now unlikely to return to the field of play until the second half of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Welbeck had, of course, been gearing up to play for England at Euro 2016, but manager Roy Hodgson will now have to select another forward as he looks to choose his squad for the tournament. 

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The former Manchester United striker, who has endured a number of injury problems throughout the course of his career, had been in good form of late but will now have to concentrate on getting back to full fitness. 

Following the terrible news, Arsenal released a statement: "Everyone at Arsenal will be working hard with Danny throughout his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible."

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Welbeck, too, had a message for his followers, claiming that he will return 'stronger'.

The player's former club, Manchester United, also sent him a message of support, wishing him all the best in his recovery. 

As you can imagine, there has been a great deal of reaction on social media following Welbeck's latest injury blow. Both Manchester United and Arsenal fans have duly taken to Twitter. 

Here are some of the best tweets: 

Arsenal reaction 

United reaction

Who will go to Euro 2016?

Who, then, should replace Welbeck in Hodgson's squad? It's likely that the quartet of Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge will be included, but there are a number of players who will be desperate to be involved. 

Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a remarkable rise recently, while Andy Carroll, who featured at the last European Championships, as well as Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe, will also be hoping for the nod.

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There's also Theo Walcott and Andros Townsend, who have struggled for consistency throughout the course of the campaign.

Who do you think should go in place of Welbeck to Euro 2016? Have your say below!  

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