Arsenal star delivers positive injury update after lengthy lay-off

Danny Welbeck is hopeful that the worst of his injury troubles are now behind him

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Danny Welbeck has been out of action since April Photo: Puma

Danny Welbeck is hopeful that the worst of his injury troubles are now behind him as he closes in on a return to action with Arsenal.

The England international has not featured for the Gunners at all this season after suffering a knee injury towards the end of last season and undergoing surgery to correct the problem in early September.

Welbeck is expected to make his return to action in the new year as he bids to regain both his match fitness and form to stake his claim for a place in the England squad for next summer’s European championships in France.

The striker has lifted the lid on just how difficult his spell on the sidelines has been, but is now feeling positive about the future.

“It is difficult,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s website. “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.

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“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.”

Welbeck scored eight goals in his first 34 games for Arsenal after joining the north London club from rivals Manchester United last summer.

His last appearance for the club came in the 2-1 win over Reading back on 18 April.

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