Wenger admission hints at Oxlade-Chamberlain World Cup injury fears

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsene Wenger says it is 'difficult' to assess when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return from his groin problem.

Who knows what would have happened if Arsenal had not had the injury problems they did this season.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and more have all suffered injuries this term - but as the season comes to an end many a player is returning.

Abou Diaby is back in training, Ozil has returned to first-team action and Ramsey has been superb since making his comeback.

But there is still plenty to worry about - especially those hoping to go to the World Cup.

Kieran Gibbs is said to be on the brink of a return - but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are from ready.

Wilshere is expected to feature before the end of the season - but is still recovering from a broken foot.

But it is perhaps what Wenger said about The Ox that is the most concerning news of the lot.

Here is what he said today:

“At the moment no, the same group of players should be available for Sunday. It's our last home game and you want everybody available and finish with a win. [Kieran] Gibbs will be a bit short for Sunday. The good news is that he's back in fitness training but he is not back in the full training group yet. They are not ready yet [Jack Wilshere]. Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] is in treatment at the moment and not in training. It's very difficult to give you a time-scale on him at the moment.”

Roy Hodgson spoke about the English pair yesterday - as Andros Townsend was ruled out of the tournament with ankle ligament damage.

And he seemed to be unconcerned about Chambo’s injury problem:

“Jack Wilshere has been training for the Arsenal team for a while. I spoke to Arsene, who said he was holding him back. And from my conversation with Arsene, I don't think there is too much to worry about with Oxlade-Chamberlain either."

But with Wenger not being able to give a time-scale on his return, he should surely be a little bit concerned.

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