Welbeck hospitalised after 'serious' ankle injury, Emery confirms

The Arsenal forward was stretchered off in the first 30 minutes of the 0-0 draw in Portugal after landing awkwardly on his ankle following an aerial challenge with full-back Bruno Gaspar.

"Significant right ankle injury", said Arsenal.

Welbeck's teammates' reactions spoke volumes as he was attended to by physios on the pitch at the Emirates.

However, the former Manchester United striker - dubbed by the Portuguese sportspages the "Welbeck Express" such was his all-round powerful display in Lisbon 14 days previously - suffered what looked to be a serious injury in the 25th minute.

He was taken off on a stretcher with his right leg heavily strapped before being rushed to hospital to assess the damage.

"The worst news tonight is these injuries", the Spaniard told a media conference.

"His injury is also [bad] for the mentality of the players because they looked and saw it is a big injury, but when you are playing football and competitive matches it can happen".

Speaking after the final whistle, the Arsenal boss said: "I think Danny was working well".

The injury casts Welbeck's club future into further doubt, with the 27-year-old out of contract at the end of the season.

"It's very challenging mentally, but sometimes it comes in the game and there's been a lot of injuries, and unfortunately for Danny he's had a few so we're going to wish him the best", he stated.

Whether Welbeck will play again in 2018/19 remains to be seen. But when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.

Danny Welbeck just can't catch a break.

Vanessa Coleman