England manager Roy Hodgson has claimed he is fazed by Danny Welbeck’s persistent knee injury and that the Arsenal striker could miss out on the European Championship in 2016, if he does not recover quick from his present injury.
Welbeck has been sidelined with a knee problem since the end of last season, but was expected to have been back in the Gunners’ team before the international break fighting for a starting place. However, that has not been the case. As per reports, the former Manchester United forward has suffered another setback on his knee injury and is set to be out for a further six months – which will serve as a blow for the England national team and Arsenal.
The Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has now admitted he is increasingly concerned by the prognosis from his medical staff about Welbeck’s situation, as it could deter the striker from being included in the England squad that would be in Euro 2016. The manager
“Welbeck bothers me now,” Hodgson said.
“He has already been out for me since March so that’s over four months already. Now I hear it’s going to be another six months, so I can only hope that Danny recovers a bit quicker and hits the ground running.
“Daniel [Sturridge] is a little bit the same because it’s getting on for a year now. They are always in my thoughts because I think they’re very good players and they did extremely well when they were playing in the national team, but I’ve got to make certain there are a few Jamie Vardys and Harry Kanes and Theo Walcotts because we can’t keep going around about the ones who aren’t there.
“What we’re trying to develop is a bigger pool of players, to get that up to 30, where we can say: ‘Whatever happens, as long as we can get 23 of this 30, we’ll be OK.’ Then you would have to be very unlucky if two or three in the same position went down. We don’t need more than 30.”
England qualified for the Euro 2016 in France with a 6-0 victory over San Marino on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney moving joint top with Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time top scorer on 49 goals – after the Manchester United striker opened the floodgate of goals from the spot.
Rooney will have the opportunity of breaking that record when England tackle Switzerland at the Wembley stadium on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Welbeck last played for the Three Lions in a 4-0 win over Lithuania in March and it is left to be seen if the Arsenal forward will recover in time to feature in the England squad that would travel to France for the European championship.