Arsenal have been left fearing the very worst with regards to Danny Welbeck's latest knee injury with the early prognosis suggesting he could be out for anywhere between three and five months.
This is according to Goal, who claim to have discovered that the England international has suffered serious damage in his right knee following an awkward fall against Manchester City on Sunday.
Welbeck went down after stretching to challenge Bacary Sagna in the 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium and was soon substituted for Jack Wilshere. He headed straight down the tunnel to receive further treatment but his body language suggested he had done something significant.
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The 25-year-old only returned from a ten-month outlay in January after damaging the meniscus in his left knee and undergoing surgery. It should be noted, however, that the injury suffered at the weekend was in his right knee and therefore unrelated to that.
Arsenal will only know the full extent of the damage once the swelling recedes but Arsene Wenger should have a much clearer idea when results of a scan are returned to him on Wednesday.
If this report is true, Welbeck will miss Euro 2016 even in a best case scenario. Roy Hodgson is set to name his 23-man squad on Thursday and will be meeting with his coaches to finalise the list on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United star was certain to be part of the squad but Hodgson will now likely have to find an alternative name. He will, however, wait for confirmation from Arsenal's medical team before completely ruling Welbeck out of his thoughts.
His Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott and Newcastle's Andros Townsend are two players who could well find themselves included in the set-up as a result of Welbeck's absence.
Wenger spoke of his worry for Welbeck after the Manchester City game and seemed to doubt he would be fit for the European Championships.
He told reporters: "We have to wait for a scan. I hope it's not bad news. Let's wait until we have a real diagnosis.
"At half-time, I looked at him, he was very down and he had pain. Good news is that he will not be out for the Euros and bad news is that he will be."
Welbeck returned to Arsenal's set-up in January and quickly emerged as a key player, scoring the winner against Leicester City on his comeback. Since then, he has scored four more and assisted twice.
Hodgson is a huge fan of Welbeck's and he would have played a key role in England's Euro 2016 campaign. However, it looks like he will have to watch the Three Lions from some faraway beach resort, possibly, but hopefully not, wearing a plaster cast on his right leg.
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