Injury setback sees Arsenal without Walcott for two more weeks

Arsene Wenger’s hopes of being able to include Theo Walcott in an Arsenal squad have been dashed for at least two more weeks after the England winger suffered a setback in his recovery from abdominal surgery, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Walcott has not played since September 18, scoring in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League, and the former Southampton player was withdrawn after 78 minutes of the match in the south of France. He will now miss Tuesday’s Champions League fixture with Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League match against Crystal Palace and the League Cup meeting with Chelsea, with early November his likely return date.

Wenger is also waiting for injury news regarding Mathieu Flamini, after the French midfielder reported blurred vision following a collision with Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey. It is thought Flamini suffered a concussion. He was replaced in the match by Aaron Ramsey, who scored as Arsenal beat the Canaries 4-1 to move two points clear at the top of the table.

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