Arsene Wenger says no surgery required for injured Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a race to be fit for the Euros.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has provided a positive injury update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by telling reporters the winger doesn’t need to have surgery after initial tests, the Mirror state.

The England international picked up a knee ligament injury during the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona last week following a full-blooded challenge with Argentine centre-back Javier Mascherano.

Many first feared that Oxlade-Chamberlain would require surgery, yet in a positive twist, Wenger has now revealed that the MIRI scan brought back some uplifting news.

“Alex will be out for six for eight weeks. No surgery. We feared surgery at some stage before we saw the MRI,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

"In the end we got, on that front, positive news. The next eight weeks means March and April. He should be okay for the Euros [which kick off on June 10].”

The former Southampton man is to miss a number of key matches for Arsenal in their quest to win a Premier League title, though he could be back for the penultimate game at Manchester City.

The Gunners do have fellow attacking options such as Danny Welbeck, Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott among others to cover, but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence leaves Wenger short of real pace and drive in wide areas.

The 22-year-old has featured in 22 Premier League matches this season, scoring one goal.

A regular in Roy Hodgson’s squad when fully fit, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to make a swift return to action and cement his place in England’s squad for the Euro 2016 Championships this summer.

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