Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be sidelined for up to three months, the Arsenal winger has revealed on his Twitter account. The 20-year-old England international midfielder was injured in Saturday's 1-3 defeat at home to Aston Villa, a humiliating loss that kicked off the opening round of the Premier League season. Arsenal boss Arséne Wenger had said earlier that the injury would rule his star midfielder out for "at least six weeks". But the player's Twitter account seemed to suggest he'd be out for over twice that estimate;
Gutted i'm injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months.Thanks 4 all ur support
Wenger earlier said;
He will be out for at least six weeks. He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched
Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury is a huge blow to both Wenger and of course England national head coach Roy Hodgson; the latter who has two crucial World Cup ties against Moldova and the Ukraine forthcoming, of which he will now have to face without the exciting young midfieder. The injury adds to the growing list on the treatment table for the Gunners ahead of their crucial Champions League clash with Fenerbache tonight. Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Mikel Arteta on the long-term injury list, who was ruled out for six weeks a few days ago.
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