Arsenal winger Walcott plays down injury fears after England appearance

Theo Walcott is hopeful of being fit for Arsenal’s opening Premier League game of the season against Aston Villa on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported, after playing for England against Scotland on Wednesday evening.

Walcott scored for the Three Lions, netting in the 29th minute to cancel out James Morrison’s opening goal for the visitors. Kenny Miller put Scotland back in front shortly after half-time before Danny Welbeck struck a second equaliser and Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch as an England player to give Roy Hodgson’s side the win.

But Walcott was withdrawn shortly after Lambert’s eventual winning goal with a swollen knee but he feels with enough rest between now and the weekend, he will be available for selection by Arsene Wenger. “Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll be alright, Walcott said.

I had to come off with a little bit of a swollen knee so fingers crossed I can rest up and I’ll be alright for Saturday.

Walcott added that he is excited at the return of Premier League football, having got the hard part – pre-season – out the way. “Everyone dreads pre-season so this is the most important time. This is a big year for Arsenal and myself.

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