Arsenal are worried that star midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may require surgery this summer after being ruled out of their FA Cup semi-final game against Reading next weekend, according to the Telegraph.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been sidelined since the end of March with a groin problem, and manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the England international has aggravated his injury.
And with the 21-year-old suffering from the same issue the majority of the season, the Gunners’ medical staff could be forced to arrange an operation to permanently fix the problem.
However, Wenger is hopeful that Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t have to go under the knife, as the youngster look to improve his fitness.
“Alex is not available for the next two weeks at least,” said Wenger. “He will not be available for the semi-final of the FA Cup. Not this week, not next week.
“It is taking a bit longer than I thought because he has a groin inflammation. It is related to everything before. I hope it does not become a long-term problem, but he faces a hurdle this week in training.
“We will see if he has recovered well, so the end of this week and the start of next week are important – to see if he got rid of that inflammation. It is not his hamstring any more. It is groin inflammation.”
Meanwhile, three Arsenal stars have returned to full fitness after their 4-1 victory over Liverpool last weekend, with Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, and Mikel Arteta now all available for selection.
The Gunners now have a strong squad heading into the business end of the season, in which they trail league leaders Chelsea by seven points.