Yesterday Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed in a press conference ahead of their Champions League play-off that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be out for six weeks after picking up a knee injury against Aston Villa in the Premier League opener. The player himself, however, tweeted shortly after Wenger made his statement contradicting that information.
There were fears that Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss the season for Arsenal so fans breathed a massive sigh of relief when Wenger said that the player would not likely need surgery on the knee injury and would only miss around six weeks.
Speaking to the press Wenger said
“He will be out for at least six weeks, he has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched.
“We don’t think it will need surgery.”
In Wenger’s defence, he did say ‘at least’ although this around half the time the player believes he will be sidelined for.
Oxlade-Chamberlain said on his official Twitter account
Arsenal fans have learned to be wary of timeframes given by the club when it comes to injuries with many players in the past said to be not seriously injured and then sidelined for times frames far in excess of what the club had predicted.
Quite why Arsenal feel the need to play down injury time frames is not clear.
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