Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament after picking up a fresh knee injury.
The versatile attacker has had a frustrating campaign with long stints on the sidelines due to injuries but he was expected to make a return to the action before the end of the domestic season.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured again in Gunners training this week and after an extensive examination he will not be fit in time for the competition in France.
Wenger has admitted that it is a blow fro both the player and the Three Lions before taking on Europe’s best this summer.
“I only was informed yesterday,” The Guardian quote the Frenchman as saying.
“I had a conversation with Alex and our medical team told me he will be back at the beginning of July. He was out for a while and in a way he was not overloaded with games.
“A guy of 22 you want him to go to the European Championship. It’s very sad. England have quite a few problems up front so I think it’s bad.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s role for England was under scrutiny already given that he has not been an automatic first-choice with the North London club this season and spent most of his time on the fringes.
The former Southampton prodigy is being linked with a move away from the Emriates Stadium this summer to reinvigorate his career elsewhere with the chance to play more regularly.