Roy Keane reacts to Arsenal star’s latest injury setback
Roy Keane pays credit to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Arsenal midfielder's latest injury scare
Roy Keane has commended Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his commitment after the Arsenal midfielder’s latest injury blow.
The England international was forced off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona after Oxlade-Chamberlain was on the receiving end of a boisterous Javier Mascherano tackle just before half-time.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has already missed part of the season through injury and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the 22-year-old would undergo a scan on his right knee to assess the extent of any damage.
Former Manchester United midfielder Keane, who suffered a serious knee injury during his playing career, paid credit to Oxlade-Chamberlain for attempting to play through the pain barrier.
“It must be disappointing and very hard for him to take,” Keane told ITV Sport.
“A couple of injuries over the last few seasons have held him back. Credit to him that he got up and carried on longer. Hopefully he didn’t do damage doing that.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored one goal in 22 Premier League appearances for the north London so far this season.
The Gunners will be without Oxlade-Chamberlain when the FA Cup holders make the trip to Keane’s former club United in the Premier League on Sunday.