Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he will be out of action for three months with a knee injury.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20, was forced to come off during the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday due to the injury.
Early reports had suggested the England international could be sidelined for up to six months as a result, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for at least six weeks.
"He will be out for at least six weeks. He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched," Wenger said.
"We don't think it will need surgery. He is consulting tonight, but it will be at least six weeks out."
However, the player himself, who was due to see a specialist on Tuesday, later tweeted that he hoped to be "back playing in three months".
Gutted i'm injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months.Thanks 4 all ur support— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) August 20, 2013
As well as Arsenal’s games, Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss England’s vital Group H World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September, while he could also be absent for the October dates against Montenegro and Poland.