There is some bad news this morning for Arsenal fans … as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not return before the end of the year.
The former Southampton midfielder suffered a nasty knee injury on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa, but he was hoping to make a return before the turn of the year after recently stepping up his rehabilitation program.
However, it now appears the problem is taking longer to heal than originally thought - and ‘The Ox’ has reportedly been told to expect to remain on the side-lines until 'well into 2014.'
The 20-year-old is hoping to go with England to the World Cup next summer.
Aaron Ramsey joins the list of players to have picked up a flu this week.
The Arsenal camp has been ravaged by the infection - which first affected Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky before the Manchester United game last weekend.
Mesut Ozil was the next man confirmed to be suffering, and he only played 30 minutes for Germany against Italy before being sent home. Nicklas Bendtner also suffered with the bug on international duty with Denmark.
And now Aaron Ramsey pulled out of the Wales team to play Finland last night at the last minute - after suffering with the ‘Arsenal Flu’.
Arsenal are said to be ready to join the race for Italian forward Alessio Cerci - with Manchester United also said to be keen on the £16 million rated Torino player.
The former Roma and Fiorentina player is now an Italian international - and has caught the eye with eight goals in 12 matches this campaign.
He can play on the wing or through the middle.
Mesut Ozil will not play against England on Tuesday - after German coach Jogi Low decided to give him a rest for the friendly.
Ozil has been suffering with the ‘Arsenal Flu’ and instead of forcing him to feature the manager has told him to have a break - probably to the pleasure of Arsene Wenger.
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