Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after suffering another injury in training.
The wide midfielder, who can also play centrally, has been a favourite of Roy Hodgson since he became England manager but will not be available for selection this summer.
After returning to team training over a week ago, there was some expectation that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be back in the squad for this Sunday’s game against Manchester City but any hopes were quashed by Arsène Wenger on Friday morning.
“We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain,” the Arsenal boss said in his pre-match press conference. “He will be out for six to eight weeks I think,
“It’s very sad. He was physically ready.
“There is no chance of the Euros for him. He will be back at the beginning of July.”
The medial knee ligament injury was suffered in training earlier this week but the seriousness of it wasn’t confirmed to Wenger until Thursday when he met with the medical staff.
Roy Hodgson selected Oxlade-Chamberlain for Euro 2012 when he was just 18 years of age and only had two England caps to his name, both in preparation for the tournament.
He also took him to the World Cup in the summer of 2014, where an injury ruled him out until after England were knocked out of the competition.
This season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has avoided too many injuries but failed to establish himself in the Arsenal side. Of his 33 appearances in all competitions, 18 were starts, but he only started nine of 22 Premier League games.
An injury in October wasn’t too serious but a knee injury in February has kept him out until now and a similar problem will rule him out of action until pre-season comes around.by