Arsenal have refused to put a timescale on Danny Welbeck’s lay-off after confirming the striker has had two successful operations to repair his broken ankle.
Welbeck, 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with many reporting he won’t kick a ball again until next season after suffering what the club described as a “significant” injury in last week’s goalless Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon.
“Further to sustaining an injury last Thursday against Sporting CP, Danny has undergone a second planned operation on his right ankle,” Arsenal said in a statement on their official website.
“Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take.
“Everyone at the club will now be providing Danny with the best possible treatment and support in order to make him fit again as soon as possible.”
Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno revealed Welbeck shared a FaceTime call with his team-mates before Sunday’s draw with Wolves.
Head coach Unai Emery arranged for Welbeck to speak to the players as they prepared for the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
With Welbeck now sidelined for what appears to be the rest of the season, Arsenal are reported to have stepped up their efforts to bring in a replacement with a £45m January bid for a Lille attacker mooted.
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