Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welbeck hit by hamstring blow

While it’s fair to say Sir Alex Ferguson will have been a tad chuffed by Sunday’s 8-2 spanking of Arsenal, it did come at a price for the Manchester United manager following the news that Danny Welbeck suffered a hamstring injury. The striker had earlier scored his second goal of the season and the first of his side’s eight in this memorable match. The youngster will now be out of action for between four of five weeks, ruling him out of England’s Under-21’s upcoming matches against Azerbaijan and Israel and the senior sides’ games with Bulgaria and Wales.

Sir Alex revealed the news of Welbeck’s injury, confirming the striker had been due to substituted before sustaining the problem.

“Danny complained of a tight hamstring before he actually pulled it and we couldn't get Javier Hernandez on quick enough.”

“It is a shame for Danny but it [his absence] will be around four to five weeks.”

Welbeck will be desperately disappointed to have picked up the problem after such an impressive start to the season.Those who want to bet on the top scorer will also need to re-consider looking at the youngsters chances. United had received plenty of offers to take Welbeck on loan this season – following the youngster’s successful spell with Sunderland last season – but Ferguson was keen to begin blending the striker into the senior squad.

The 20-year old has proved his manager’s decision was right though and two goals in two league matches this season show just why Welbeck is so highly thought of amongst the United coaching staff. The speedy front-man has the ability to play as either an out and out striker as well as playing on either flank if needed and that versatility will make him a valuable asset to United this season. Welbeck will be hoping to pick up from where he left off when he returns to live football give Ferguson a real selection headache

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