Confirmed: Oxlade-Chamberlain has ankle ligament injury
It's a mixed bag of news for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as it was confirmed by the manager today that the midfielder has an ankle ligament injury.
The England star had to come off in the 2nd half of the final on Saturday night, and was seen departing the field on crutches later on.
And the boss has now provided an update on the injury, which has now ruled the midfielder out of the rest of our games in 2019 at least.
In his pre-match press conference this morning, he said: "The ankle [is] what we probably expected; you have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle, one of them is damaged.
"Now we have to see how quickly we can fix that. I don’t know exactly. I had that injury myself, but it was years ago and it can take a while or can be quick, we have to see.
"No chance for Thursday and no chance for this year; Oxlade will not play anymore [in 2019] that’s clear.
"Then we have to see how quickly it can settle."
It'll now be a 'race against time', so-to-speak, to see whether the player can be back in time to get involved in our early January matches but it does appear unlikely at the moment.