Danny Welbeck says he’s hoping for a ‘flying’ return when he recovers from the knee injury that has kept him out since April.
The England international has so far spent seven and a half months on the sidelines and underwent surgery in September after initially picking up the problem in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
Reflecting on his spell on the treatment table, Welbeck admitted spending double sessions in the gym has proved a hard slog.
“It is difficult,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal.com. “It is my first injury that has kept me out for so long. I had my operation and once that is sorted you can be out for a few more months.
“For the first month, in a leg brace, not being able to do anything, on a machine six hours a day, it was very difficult. But you have to try and see the positives. Luckily I had my family around me, my friends came down to London and I had my brothers.
“It was good to have people around me and have that support. You wake up in the morning and know you have double sessions in the gym it is hard but you have to see the positive side and I have learnt a lot more being injured on how to look after your body and prevent injuries. I have to see the positive side and hopefully when I come back, I will be flying.”
Of all our injured players Welbeck has been out the longest; a source of real frustration for both the player and indeed the supporters who’ve only really had a glimpse of his potential in the 34 appearances he made last season.
With Euro 2016 on the horizon ‘Dat Guy’ really needs to get some games under his belt sooner rather than later if he’s to force his way back into England contention.