Danny Welbeck facing prolonged lay-off after injury setback

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Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and won't be in contention to play until February, according to the Mirror.

The former Manchester United forward joined the Gunners in the summer of 2014 in a £16 million deal, but has started just 18 Premier League games and scored just four goals.

Welbeck hasn't featured for Arsenal since the 0-0 draw against Chelsea back in April, and now the Mirror say that it could be close to a full year on the sidelines after a series of setbacks following surgery in September.

The paper say that a return in February is possible barring any other setbacks, putting his time out of the game at 10 months.

The Gunners will dearly like to be able to call upon the services of Welbeck for the busy Christmas period as they look to sustain a title challenge. 

Arsene Wenger's side are currently two points adrift of Leicester at the top of the table with 16 games gone, and face a tough string of fixtures over the next few weeks against Manchester City, Southampton, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Sunderland and Liverpool. 

It's likely the north London side could be without Mesut Ozil for at least some of the festive period too; although through choice. Wenger is considering resting the in-form German for at least some of his side's upcoming games in order to avoid an injury similar to the one suffered by Alexis Sanchez.

No Arsenal player has started more games than Ozil this season, and the Evening Standard say he could miss one of the games over Christmas against Southampton, Bournemouth or Newcastle.

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