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According to a medical expert, Johnny Wilson says Danny Welbeck may have suffered a “career-ending” injury during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.
The England attacker suffered a horrific injury which saw him stretched out with an oxygen during Thursday’s Europa game.
The former Manchester United striker was pulled out at the first hold of the game to be replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Welbeck went down awkwardly towards the end of the first half and needed immediate attention.
The medics came onto the pitch and tended to the Arsenal forward as his team-mates looked on distraught.
Graphic images of the moment Welbeck fell to the turf and his leg bucked under him circulated on social media leading Arsenal fans to fear the worst.
And Wilson, who holds multiple degrees in sports medicine and has worked for three football clubs, provided a devastating verdict on the potential severity of the injury the England international suffered.
“Injury to #Welbeck. Possible fracture dislocation of the ankle which could [be] career-ending,” Wilson wrote on Twitter.
“Structures within the ankle which could [be] injured [are] the medial, lateral, anterior & posterior ligaments, tibia, fibula & talus bones as well as chondral surfaces. Will need [to be] imaged #AFC.”
Wilson then went into detail on the specific tests Arsenal doctors will conduct to assess Welbeck’s injury.
“X-ray will [be] used as 1st line of imaging [to] assess the integrity of bones: tibia, fibula, talus, calcaneus & other smaller bones in foot especially – 5th [metatarsal]!” Wilson wrote.
“He will also [have an] MRI within next 24-48 hrs [to] assess soft tissue structures such as ligaments muscles tendons & chondral surface.”
Wilson added: “High-velocity impact and landing from a height – the forces involved can be comparable to a road traffic collision.”