Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he kept Danny Welbeck away from the first-team during his injury in order to keep his mental stability intact.
Welbeck, 26, made his long-awaited return to action on Saturday as he appeared in the 2-1 win at Preston in the FA Cup.
“The patience you need when you have an injury at that age… it’s terrible [to go through],” Arsenal’s official site quote Wenger as saying.
“To miss the European Championship and on top of he missed the start of the season, but he worked hard and certainly victory [in his comeback match] will make him stronger.
“But you have to go through it and that was a very difficult moment for him. I think he suffered a lot, but I hope, touch wood, he will now have a dream career.”
He added: “When the players are injured they are a little bit out of my sight because I sent him away as well. When a player has a long-term injury, sometimes it’s better you get him out and away, that he lives without the players and people who are injured as well.
“Because when he comes in he sees everybody go out there and you have to stay inside… the football club is built for people who are competitive. So sometimes mentally it’s difficult, so we let him go outside and miss this time.