Unai Emery has revealed that Danny Welbeck is recovering ‘very well’ following his nasty ankle injury.
The Arsenal forward broke his ankle during their Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon back in November, an injury which was expected to keep him out of the rest of the season.
However, with the Gunners still having eight Premier League games to go, and still in with a shout of winning the Europa League, Unai Emery has revealed that the 28-year-old could return to training in the coming weeks, although the end of the season may come too soon for him to be able to feature again.
“He’s progressing very well,” Emery said ahead of tonight’s game against Newcastle.
“He is working and starting to touch the ball and to work on the pitch. His progress with such a big injury is going very well.
“It’s difficult for him to play matches this season but he is progressing very well and maybe the doctor will tell us he can come train with us in the last weeks of this season.
“After, his individual thing is to speak with the club (about his future).”
The former Manchester United forward is out of contract at the end of the season, and had been expected to leave the Emirates. However, Emery did suggest that he could be offered a new deal to stay at the club.
“Every (English) team needs English players,” he added.
“Danny has his injury now. He was going with the national team and we were happy for him and the national team.
“(Promising English players) are now in (Arsenal’s) under-18s, under-19s, under-20s and under-21s teams.
“We have a lot of players with the possibility to grow up with us and be part of our future, and also with the national team.”