Walcott to make Arsenal return in October

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects winger Theo Walcott to return from an abdominal problem for the game at home to Norwich City on October 19, Sky Sports has reported.

Walcott was originally named in the starting line-up for Sunday’s game against Stoke City, but was forced to pull out due to abdominal pain. After assessment is was confirmed that Walcott will miss all of Arsenal’s remaining games before the international break along with England’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

The two games will decide whether England will secure qualification for next year’s tournament in Brazil, with Roy Hodgson’s side currently a point clear of Montenegro and Ukraine in Group H.

But after 24-year-old underwent stomach surgery in Germany, Wenger believes he should be available to face Chris Hughton’s Canaries. He 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.

The ex-Southampton youngster, now in his eighth full season at Arsenal, started all seven of their games this season before Sunday, scoring once, at Marseille in the Champions League.

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