Arsenal plan to ease workload on struggling Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is nursing a groin problem that will force Arsene Wenger and England boss Roy Hodgson to monitor his workload very closely over the next two months, according to the Daily Mail.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured a frustrating campaign with injuries, including missing five months with a knee complaint picked up on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.

The 20-year-old has returned to feature consistently during the second half of the season, but Wenger will now have to keep a keen eye on how many minutes he plays in Arsenal's final four matches of the campaign.

Arsenal face Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City in their remaining Premier League matches, before a date with destiny in the FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17th.

The Mail this morning reported that a painful groin injury has left Oxlade-Chamberlain unable to train in the run-up to massive matches, including being able to take part in only a single session in the week preceding a dramatic win over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil's return to fitness will ease Wenger's selection dilemma in terms of choosing how many minutes Oxlade-Chamberlain plays in the remainder of the campaign, although with the battle for Champions League qualification still very much alive that could change over the next three weeks.

England chief Hodgson will perhaps be the most nervous onlooker ahead of selecting his World Cup squad this summer, with Oxlade-Chamberlain though to be very much a firm part of his plans.

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