Arsene Wenger fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out for seven weeks but the Arsenal boss does not think Javier Mascherano’s tackle was malicious.
The England international suffered a knee injury in Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona after a challenge from Javier Mascherano and was forced off early in the second half.
Now the 22-year-old faces another spell out having already spent time on the treatment table with an unrelated knee problem earlier in the campaign.
Wenger admits it is a “quite serious” injury but he hopes the specialist set to see Oxlade-Chamberlain can give the club a good prognosis.
“We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain on Tuesday night,” he said.
“His injury is quite serious and keeps him out for a few weeks. He is consulting a specialist at the moment because he is injured at his knee. Hopefully we will have good news.
“He is out for a few weeks. How long exactly? I don’t know but a few weeks. He is (devastated). Let’s hope that we get good news that it’s only two or three weeks, not six or seven.”
Asked if there was a risk Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in danger of missing out on Euro 2016, Wenger replied: “I don’t think so.
“It’s not a recurrence of a previous injury. Not at all. It’s a new injury. He has been cut in two by Mascherano and he did his knee. We have to see how big the damage is in his knee. Hopefully we will have good news later.
“I don’t think it was a malicious tackle. It was a fully committed tackle but it didn’t look malicious.”