LONDON, May 9 – Danny Welbeck’s hopes of playing for England at Euro 2016 were plunged into doubt on Sunday after the Arsenal forward suffered a fresh knee injury in the draw at Manchester City.
Welbeck, who only returned to action in February after 10 months out with a cartilage problem in his left knee, hurt his right leg in an innocuous challenge with Bacary Sagna.
The 25-year-old looked close to tears as he received treatment on the pitch and tried to play on, but quickly signalled to physios that he could not continue before limping off in the seventh minute.
Welbeck will have scans on Monday but manager Arsene Wenger fears it could be another cartilage problem, putting his Euro 2016 hopes in jeopardy.
“The first signs look like lateral (cartilage) meniscus,” said Wenger. I’m a bit worried. Danny is a strong boy and we tried to keep him on the pitch but straightaway he tried to move and said it was impossible. At half-time I looked at him. He was very down and he had pain.”
“The good news would be that he will not be out for the Euros, and the bad news would be that he will be. I don’t know. I’m an optimist. Let’s wait until we have a real good diagnosis.”
Welbeck returned from a lengthy lay-off in February and scored the winning goal after coming off the bench against Leicester City at the Emirates.
Sergio Aguero had given the home side an early lead with a superb left-footed finish before the Gunners hit back instantly through Olivier Giroud’s powerful header from a corner.
After the interval Kevin De Bruyne fired City back into the lead before Alexis Sanchez capped a wonderful move with a fine finish to draw Arsenal level once more.