Danny Welbeck has been pictured on crutches for the first time since having a second operation to repair his broken right ankle.
Welbeck posted an image of himself giving a thumbs up on Instagran on Tuesday afternoon.
‘Back home,’ the 27-year-old wrote. ‘Thanks for all the love and support. No doubt I will be back stronger than ever before. Recovery grind starts now.’
It is understood the additional procedure was required after initial surgery, with Arsenal to confirm Welbeck’s diagnosis and recovery timescale in the next 48 hours.
Welbeck went under the knife at the end of last week to stabilise the ankle he injured in Thursday’s Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon. The second procedure was to repair the joint.
Arsenal medics are confident Welbeck will make a full recovery, though since his deal expires at the end of the season there is a major doubt whether he will play for the club again.
How long Welbeck remains on the sidelines will be down to the extent of ligament damage and bruising to the bone.
His importance to the team, however, was revealed after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno told of how Welbeck FaceTimed a number of the squad before the game – something that was agreed by manager Unai Emery.
‘We talked to him because of the coach before the game in the meeting, we had a FaceTime session with him,’ Leno said after the game.
‘It was very good, we wanted to win for him. We all are sorry for him for his injury, and hope he will have a good recovery and to see him on the pitch because he’s an important player for the team and also in the dressing room.
‘He looked very happy and I think he was happy to talk to us because he is still a big part of our team and we will support him to have a good time when he is injured.
‘I think that is a big quality of the manager because he always wants to have a team, not just one player, one player, one player (individuals) and I think this meeting was very motivating for us and for every player to play for Danny because everybody likes him.’