Danny Welbeck “broke something in his ankle” during Arsenal’s Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, according to head coach Unai Emery.
Following the match, which ended 0-0, Emery confirmed Welbeck had been taken to hospital for further treatment.
Welbeck landed awkwardly after attempting to meet Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross in the 25th minute and immediately began to writhe around in pain.
The 27-year-old striker was given oxygen on the field before being stretchered off with his right leg in a brace, as players from both sides watched on in distress.
“Every injury is different. He broke something in his ankle and it’s a different injury than another.
“Now he’s at the hospital and the news is at the moment we are going to wait, but we think this is a serious injury.”
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was not included in the squad to face Sporting, tweeted during the match to wish his team-mate well.
A message of support also came in from former Arsenal midfielder Santi Carzorla, who himself was the victim of a torrid run of injuries at the north London club before departing for Villarreal this summer.
With some of the game’s intensity lost following the serious injury, neither side were able to break through as Arsenal secured the point they needed to qualify for the next round.