Danny Welbeck is on course to return to match duties in the New Year despite reports that he has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation yesterday.
The striker suffered a knee injury in April and a decision was taken in September to undergo surgery. It had been suggested the 25-year-old would not be available until February at the earliest – placing his participation for England at Euro 2016 in doubt – but Welbeck remains on course to return to action next month, and will be keen to aid Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League.
Welbeck last featured for Arsenal on 26 April in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
Earlier this month, the former Manchester United man said: “It is difficult. It is my first injury that has kept me out for so long. I had my operation and once that is sorted you can be out for a few more months,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s official site.
“For the first month, in a leg brace, not being able to do anything, on a machine six hours a day, it was very difficult. But you have to try and see the positives. Luckily I had my family around me, my friends came down to London and I had my brothers. It was good to have people around me and have that support.
“You wake up in the morning and know you have double sessions in the gym it is hard but you have to see the positive side and I have learnt a lot more being injured on how to look after your body and prevent injuries. I have to see the positive side and hopefully when I come back, I will be flying.”