Danny Welbeck could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during last weekend’s draw away at Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker went down injured after just 100 seconds of the game and now the club fear it could be months before they see him playing again.

Ahead of the game against Bournemouth, head coach Quique Sanchez Flores said it did not look good.

“It’s bad news about Danny Welbeck,” he said.

“We need to check a little bit more what happens in the next weeks. We have no idea [how long he will be out] but it’s probably months.”

Welbeck’s injury comes at the same time as a return to training for captain Troy Deeney, who has been out since undergoing knee surgery in August.

Deeney is currently training on his own, but is now back running.

“About Troy Deeney we’re very happy,” said Sanchez Flores.

“He’s on the pitch, not with us, but he’s alone and working with the medical staff and I hope he’s recovering quick.”

Other first-team players looking to return to action are Etienne Capoue, Sebastian Prodl and Isaac Success, all of whom are now back in training.

However, Sanchez Flores thinks it will still be a little while before they are available.

“They are in training,” he said. “They came from some injuries so little by little they’re training, day by day, we’re just checking at the moment how they could be, so we need to wait a little bit more.”