Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of Euro 2016 with knee injury

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the European Championships after Arsene Wenger revealed he has suffered a fresh knee injury which will keep him sidelined for up to two months.

The Arsenal winger has not played since injuring a knee in the Champions League defeat to Barcelona on February 23 having made 33 appearances this season.

He was on his way back to fitness and was scheduled to feature for the Gunners' under-21 side earlier in the week but has now been hit by a second knee problem.

"There is no chance," Wenger said when asked if Oxlade-Chamberlain could make the Euros after confirming he faces six to eight weeks out.

"I had a conversation with Alex and with our medical team and they told me he will back in July. He was out for a while and was not overloaded with games.

"You want a guy of 22 years of age to go to the European Championships so it is very sad."

Wenger confirmed the injury occurred on Monday, just when the 22-year-old was planning to make a comeback in the Under-21 meeting with Blackburn at the Emirates Stadium a day later.

Fit-again pair Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla both featured in the 2-1 win which saw Arsenal into the Under-21 Premier League Division Two final.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain was missing and Wenger admits it is bad news all-round.

"It is very sad," he added.

"He was physically ready and looking sharp. He had one week's training last week, but he planned to play on Tuesday night but got injured on Monday morning.

"It's bad news. Alex was out for a while and he was not overloaded with games.

"You want a guy of 22 years of age to go to the European Championships. It's very bad. He's an impact player as well so he could have had a great contribution to England's success.

"England had quite a few problems up front so I think it's bad news."

KEYWORDS: sport, soccer, Euro 2016.


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