Arsenal injury news: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to make return to Reserves

Clive Mason

According to a report, The OC is about to come back, and just in time.

We're all still recovering a bit from the awful news yesterday about Theo Walcott's knee - well, I suppose I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly am - but it looks like there may be a bit of a light on the horizon when it comes to injury news. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made his return to full training, and will feature for Arsenal's reserve team on Thursday when they face Fulham.

This could plug the hole left by Walcott's departure to an extent - The OC has at times deputized Walcott on the right flank and played well. He has pace and dribbling skill, though he's not nearly as experienced as Walcott is. But this is going to be a massive opportunity for him, not least because Walcott's injury also opens up a spot in England's World Cup team, and he'll likely want to seize both opportunities while they're there.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain returning and Serge Gnabry showing signs of being super good, it's possible that losing Theo won't hurt quite as much as it might have in past years. But Gnabry is very young still, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is coming off a serious injury himself. So if the offense has some growing pains in the next month or so, don't be too shocked.

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