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'Danny Welbeck is a tough lad, we'll lift him up'

Rob Holding with Danny Welbeck

Rob Holding may have been at the other end of the pitch at the time, but he knew Danny Welbeck’s injury was a serious one.

Our forward was stretchered off in obvious distress after just 26 minutes of Thursday’s Europa League game against Sporting CP, and continues to be assessed in hospital.
 
It’s a big blow for Welbeck, who had already scored five goals this season, but Holding knows his team-mate has the character to come back strongly.
 
“I didn’t see it because obviously I’m at the other end of the pitch so I didn’t see exactly what he’d done,” he said. “But Danny is a tough lad so if he’s on the floor, I know its something serious so he’s in hospital now and we’ll see what happens.
 
“He’s been so unlucky with injuries over the past few years but he’s a good character and got a good set of lads around him so we’ll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can. He can come back strong.”

We’ll be without Welbeck for Sunday’s visit of Wolves but despite the quick turnaround, Holding says we’ve got more than enough quality to cope with the packed schedule.
 
“The past three weeks have been a game, two days break, a game, two days, so it is just about getting a recovery session done, getting yourself feeling up to scratch to go again on Sunday,” he said.
 
“There’s definitely momentum about the team, we’ve rested some players who will probably come in at the weekend and we’ll go again and hopefully get the win. I want to play every minute that I can. I am feeling fit and healthy. I just want to get as much game-time as I can.”

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How the boys contacted Welbeck… via FaceTime

Welbeck

It has been clear to see just how together the first-team squad is - and Bernd Leno revealed how they recently all came together to try to lift Danny Welbeck’s spirits.

The England international picked up a serious ankle injury against Sporting CP last week, and our Germany goalkeeper says it was important to show him that all the players and staff are thinking of him.

“We talked to him because the coach [suggested it] before the game in the meeting, we had a FaceTime session with him,” Leno said. “It was very good.

“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.

“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.

“I think that [togetherness in the squad] is a big quality of the manager because he always wants to have a team - not just one player, one player, one player. I think this meeting was very motivating for us and for every player to play for Danny because everybody likes him.”