Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until mid-April after scans revealed the midfielder has suffered a grade one hamstring strain.
It means he’ll be out of action for around four weeks, missing games against West Ham, the second leg of the Champions League in Monaco, as well as potentially missing league fixtures against Newcastle and Liverpool.
He could be back in time for the league game against Burnley or the FA Cup semi-final against Reading or Bradford. With Jack Wilshere still sidelined after his ankle procedure, and Mikel Arteta also recovering from surgery, it means Arsene Wenger’s ability to shuffle his midfield pack is reduced.
The Ox has made 40 appearances from club and country this season, and was an ever present in the Premier League until missing the league game against QPR on Dec 26th.
However, whether it’s down to the Shadification of the fitness team, or dark magic which sees small animals sacrificed over stone altars whilst making strange incantations, some of the players have come back more quickly from muscle strains recently, so fingers crossed that’s the situation with Oxlade-Chamberlain.