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Medical expert Johnny Wilson has revealed that Danny Welbeck may never play football again after his serious injury against Sporting Lisbon, according to the Daily Express.
Welbeck was stretchered off in an oxygen mask following a lengthy treatment after landing awkwardly on his ankle while trying to win a header in the opponent area.
He was quickly rushed to the hospital to access the extent of the damage, and Arsenal fans already fear the worst.
Wilson who holds multiple degrees in sports medicine and has worked for three football clubs, has done nothing to alleviate those fears.
He provided a frightening verdict on the potential severity of the injury as he believes the England international might just have suffered a career ending injury.
“Injury to #Welbeck. Possible fracture dislocation of ankle which could [be] career ending,” Wilson wrote on Twitter.
“Structures within the ankle which could [be] injured [are] the medial, lateral, anterior & posterior ligaments, tibia, fibula & talus bones as well as chondral surfaces. Will need [to be] imaged #AFC.”
Wilson then went on to give an insight into the specific tests Arsenal doctors will conduct to assess Welbeck’s injury.
“X-ray will [be] used as 1st line of imaging [to] assess integrity of bones: tibia, fibula, talus, calcaneous & other smaller bones in foot especially – 5th [metatarsal]!” Wilson wrote
“He will also [have an] MRI within next 24-48 hrs [to] assess soft tissue structures such as ligaments muscles tendons & chondral surface.”
Wilson added: “High velocity impact and landing from a height – the forces involved can be comparable to a road traffic collision.“
Arsenal players were visibly shaken by the injury, with a photo of Matteo Guendouzi looking distraught making the rounds on social media.
Unai Emery later revealed that they were quick to ask for updates on his condition after the match.
“When a player has an injury like that the players look and in your mind you feel for the player,” Emery said.
“Then the players concentrated on the match and we forgot.
“When we finished the match the first thing was to ask about him.“
The club released an update published on their website after the game.
“Significant right ankle injury,” it read.
“Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed. A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours.”