LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was taken to hospital after he suffered a "serious injury" on Thursday in a European League match against Sporting, said club manager Unai Emery.
Welbeck, who was previously listed in the England national team, jumped on the goal before the goal at the Emirates Stadium and turned over in pain after a clumsy landing on the ankle.
He got oxygen by the medical staff before he was taken off on a standing ovation stretcher from home fans.
"This is the worst news, we think it's a serious injury," Emery told the reporters, adding that Welbeck, 27, was taken to the hospital with the club, waiting to hear more about his condition.
"His injuries are very big for him, for us and for everyone," Emery said, when he was asked about Welbeck's prospects in a club in North London, given the fact that his contract would end this season.
Arsenal qualified for the knockout phase of the Europa League after the match with Sporting, which ended with a draw 0: 0.
The England team Gareth Southgate was joined by Welbeck in a friendly match against the United States on Thursday and the League of Nations against Croatia three days later at Wembley.
Arsenal Mesut Ozil set off on Twitter shortly after the incident to wish his friend's partner well, saying, "Oh, no … soon Danny."
(Feature: Hugh Lawson; Edition: Toby Davis and Ken Ferris)