Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing a summer-defining few days in his rehabilitation ahead of the upcoming World Cup, with his groin injury casting his trip to Brazil in serious doubt.
The Arsenal midfielder has been out of action for a few weeks now, injuring himself last month against Hull City. The 20-year-old had hoped he would be back in the mix for the FA Cup final next weekend, but it appears he may struggle to make Roy Hodgson’s side let alone Wembley against Hull on May 17th.
The Three Lions preliminary squad is set to be announced on Monday and Arsenal’s boss feels England and the Ox must act cautiously over the injury before deciding whether he travels to Brazil next month.
Wenger told reporters:
If he gets over the next three or four days, he will be available. If he doesn’t, then we have to rest him and see. The next three or four days will be vital for him.
He is desperate to go – and who wouldn’t be? But we are in a job where your body responds or it doesn’t respond.
If it doesn’t respond … the body is always stronger. In the end, you need your body to play football.
He can only go to the World Cup if he is completely fit. It wouldn’t be helpful for England for him to go there and not be 100% fit.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a huge loss for England should he not make the trip, but with a couple of weeks to go to prove his fitness it appears he should be okay. He will quite likely be out of the FA Cup final which is a big miss for the Gunners.
But as Wenger said, it will not be helpful to be training and pushing himself to play in Brazil if he’s not healed. The last he or Arsenal need is long-term repercussions.
Get well soon Ox.