Welbeck
Welbeck. Photo: Sports News Magazine

English medical expert Jonny Wilson has said Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck may not play football again after he suffered a “career-ending” injury in a match against Sporting Lisbon.

Welbeck required lengthy treatment during the Europa League clash at the Emirate on Thursday after landing awkwardly when he had gone up for a header.

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Graphic images showed that the former Manchester United player fell to the turf and his leg bucked under him, leading Arsenal fans to fear the player may have ended his career.

Welbeck and teammates. Photo: Daily Express
Welbeck being stretched off. Photo: Standard.co.uk

In series of post on his Twitter page, Wilson said the injury could be a possible fracture dislocation of the ankle.

He wrote: “Injury to #Welbeck. Possible fracture dislocation of ankle which could [be] career ending.

“Structures within the ankle which could [be] injured [are] the medial, lateral, anterior & posterior ligaments, tibia, fibula & talus bones as well as chondral surfaces. Will need [to be] imaged #AFC.

“X-ray will [be] used as 1st line of imaging [to] assess the integrity of bones: tibia, fibula, talus, calcaneous & other smaller bones in foot especially – 5th [metatarsal]!

“He will also [have an] MRI within next 24-48 hrs [to] assess soft tissue structures such as ligaments muscles tendons & chondral surface.

“High velocity impact and landing from a height – the forces involved can be comparable to a road traffic collision.”