Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury: Updates on Arsenal Star's Knee
Updates for Monday, Dec. 9
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he will not ask club doctors when he is supposed to return to first-team action, despite the fact he recently began running on his recovering knee, per Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail:
Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to return after the New Year, but confesses he doesn't want a deadline in case it is longer than he expects. Jason Burt of the Telegraph has the quotes:
I don’t like to ask because I might lose my focus on the next [rehab] session.
That’s the way I approach it and it has got me through the first four months.
Updates for Friday, Nov. 29
Arsene Wenger delivered a brief update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's status prior to their weekend trip to Cardiff, confirming the England star's year is over.
Wenger told journalists at Friday's press conference, per the club's official website: "It will be the New Year for him."
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been suffering with a knee problem and will now target the post-New Year period for his comeback.
Updates for Friday, Nov. 22
Latest update from Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail ahead of Arsenal's Champions League clash at Borussia Dortmund:
Long-term absentees Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both making steady progress from their respective hamstring and knee injuries.
Gunners medical staff are targeting a Christmas return for Oxlade-Chamberlain following the serious knee he sustained in the opening day defeat against Aston Villa.
From Arsene Wenger, via Arsenal's official website:
Basically we have just (Mikel) Arteta back because he was suspended. (Serge) Gnabry, who was not available for Tuesday, will not be available again, and all the other long-term injuries are not back - (Theo) Walcott, (Alex Oxlade-) Chamberlain, (Lukas) Podolski, (Abou) Diaby.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
Arsenal.com discussed injuries to the club's players with manager Arsene Wenger, who when asked about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, would only say that he's out for a longer period than other players dealing with injury.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
From Jack Wilshere, via the official FA website:
I think Theo (Walcott) is a bit closer to coming back than Alex, but he's working hard and is in good shape so when he gets a chance to run again he'll be fit.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 22
Arsenal updated fans on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's status on Instagram, saying the young England star would be out for 12 weeks.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Oxlade-Chamberlain provided an update on his status, which contradicts the timetable Arsene Wenger has reported:
Gutted i'm injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months.Thanks 4 all ur support— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) August 20, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
The Independent's Staff passes along a statement from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
Reports have suggested the 20-year-old could be out for as long as six months, and speaking today, Wenger failed to put a timescale on Oxlade-Chamberlain's return.
'The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem,' Wenger said on Arsenal Player.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Neil Ashton of The Daily Mail reports an interesting agreement between Arsenal and Southampton surrounding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:
Written into the England winger’s deal is a clause stating that Arsenal must pay Saints £10,000 every time Oxlade-Chamberlain appears for more than 20 minutes.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19
John Cross of the Daily Mirror spoke with manager Arsene Wenger about Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury:
He (Oxlade-Chamberlain) is definitely out. A knee problem. We don’t know how deep the problem is, but it’s a bad injury.
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 18
John Cross of The Daily Mirror has an update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's status after he suffered an injury in Arsenal's season opener.
Crisis-hit Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s troubles are mounting, with fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces SIX months on the sidelines.
Sunday tests confirmed damage to the left knee of the 20-year-old England midfielder, who went off injured in the Gunners' shock season-opening home loss to Aston Villa.
He will have a further scan on Monday, when his worst fears could be confirmed.
Two penalty kicks ultimately doomed the Gunners in a 3-1 defeat after scoring the first goal, but the long-term concern in the aftermath is definitely Oxlade-Chamberlain's health.
The severity of the 20-year-old winger's injury is not currently known, according to a club spokesman, but the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain is on crutches certainly isn't a good sign. Law remarked in his report that Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss three months if ligament damage is revealed.
Not only does Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury hurt Arsenal's chances of getting back on track in the early portion of the 2013-14 EPL campaign, it will also be a a blow to the English national team.
As Law points out, England faces Ukraine in a pivotal match on September 10, and not having a talent like Oxlade-Chamberlain will make earning three points even more of a struggle.
With regard to the Gunners specifically, though, manager Arsene Wenger had to be feeling the heat when Oxlade-Chamberlain went down, especially when looking at the club's injury situation after the match.
Wenger: "Gibbs has a deep cut, Sagna, Rosicky has a problem. Ramsey has a problem with a kick on his ankle." #AFCvAVFC— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 17, 2013
In addition to those setbacks, Arsenal fans serenaded Wenger with chants, urging him to spend money after he was rather passive in the summer transfer market.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's physical presence and quickness on the wing are dynamic elements the Gunners will sorely miss, and hopefully not for too long.
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