Walcott a doubt for Arsenal Premier League opener after England injury

Theo Walcott could miss Arsenal’s first Premier League game of the season after picking up an injury while training with England, the Daily Mirror has reported.

England are due to play Scotland on Wednesday at Wembley, only days before the Gunners’ first league match of the campaign against Aston Villa – and Walcott had to be helped from the pitch after injuring his ankle, a blow that forced him out of the training session altogether.

Roy Hodgson, the England manager, denied Walcott’s injury was anything to be worried about, however, and said that Walcott could still feature for the national team against Scotland. He added: “Theo took a slight knock at the end of training, but we believe he’ll be okay. He’s very much still in contention.

Walcott is one of a number of Arsenal players in Hodgson’s squad, along with Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the trio part of a bare bones training session as Hodgson gave additional rest to those players who had been involved in Sunday’s Community Shield for Manchester United, and the Chelsea representatives who had only just returned to England after a tour of the United States.

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