Danny Welbeck has sat out of England training this week, and missed another session today ahead of our game against Croatia as the interlull continues to bore the pants off of even the most ardent football fan.
England play Croatia this Friday night behind closed doors, and then we face Spain in Seville a few days later on Monday, in the so-far-mystifying Nations League tournament – a tournament which no one even pretends to understand. Understanding betting odds terminology can be about as tricky as understanding this weird international tournament.
Welbeck, Alex McCarthy and Danny Rose all sat out of England training this week and the FA have announced that McCarthy and Rose have returned to their clubs with their injuries, although it’s not clear whether Rose went back to White Hart Lane (old), Wembley, Milton Keynes or White Hart Lane (new – toilet shape).
Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski have already left the squads with injuries, being replaced by Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.
Welbeck has crept back into Unai Emery’s plans and featured heavily this season so this injury will come as a blow for the striker who finds himself supporting men of the moment, Alexandre Lacazette and P.E. Aubamayang.
Welbeck has four goals in nine games for Arsenal this season, not bad for a forgotten man, fingers crossed he can shake off the injury and get some minutes for England. His stats for England speak for themselves, he has 16 goals in just 42 games which is pretty impressive at international level.
Spurs Injury Problems Mount Up…
Meanwhile in some other news, it appears that Jan Vertonghen will miss a few weeks of the season, and is already a doubt for the North London derby in December with a hamstring problem. Vertonghen joins England’s Rose, along with Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele , Dele Alli and Serge Aurier who have all suffered injuries this season, no coincidence that they all played (badly) in the World Cup in Russia over the summer.
We play Spurs on December the 2nd at The Emirates (our own stadium, bought and paid for and ready on time), and as we all know, this will no doubt be Vertonghen’s comeback game along with any other Spurs players who get injured in the meantime.
Arsenal won’t be back in league action until the 22nd of October, a huge 11 days away, where we will face Leicester a week on Monday as the interlull continues to ruin everyone’s football season. We will play Leicester on the Monday night and we’ll be hoping to make it ten wins on the spin, so let’s hope Danny Welbeck is fit and healthy to feature in the game.