Arsenal’s Walcott targeting October return

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is hoping to return from injury in the middle of October, the Daily Express has reported, after he underwent surgery for an abdominal problem.

Walcott was forced to pull out of the Premier League game against Stoke City on September 22, despite originally being named in the starting XI, after suffering from abdominal pain. It was soon revealed that he would be out of England’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland in October, as well as Arsenal’s remaining games before the international break.

The mooted return date for Walcott is when Norwich city visit the Emirates Stadium on October 19, and after the 24-year-old had stomach surgery in Germany during the week, manager Arsene Wenger said: “Walcott had surgery and it went very well. He’s coming back (from Germany) Thursday so it’s what we expected there were no complications.”

Walcott is one of many players on the sidelines at Arsenal, with Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo all on the injury list. Despite that, Arsenal sit top of the Premier League with five wins out of six.

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