The recovery of Danny Welbeck seems to be going very well. As Sky Sports claim, the forward has returned to Arsenal’s London Colney training base as the next phase of his rehabilitation begins.
Welback suffered a broken ankle back in November, in Arsenal’s 0-0 Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon. He tried to take advantage of a cross by Stephan Lichtsteiner. He landed very awkwardly and it was immediately clear things were far from right as he stayed on the ground, notably in significant pain. The medical staff applied an oxygen mask as they stretchered him off the pitch. The ankle breaking was soon confirmed by the club.
This particular injury which has made him miss 22 games so far aside, Welbeck’s luck with injuries has truly been terrible. Since he arrived from Manchester United in 2014, he has now had four different spells of several months on the sidelines, and there’s no denying that it simply had to affect his chances of making himself a regular member of Arsenal’s starting XI.
However, it is questionable if his qualities, even when fully fit, warrant such a status, especially given the competition in the forms of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Welbeck’s contract expires this summer, and it remains to be seen if he’ll be offered a new one. It’s also questionable whether he would accept one. At the age of 28, turning 29 in November, he might feel it’s time for him to move on in search of regular game-time and no blame to him for that. At this point, it seems likely enough that Welbeck will not wear an Arsenal shirt again.
But leaving such guesswork aside, it’s certainly good news that his recovery is going well. His attitude and work-rate have never been questionable, and he has certainly earned the best of wishes from the club and the fans.