Arsenal star Walcott set to miss start of next season

Arsenal star Theo Walcott looks set to remain out of action until beyond the start of next season, according to The Independent.

The former Southampton player suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Gunners’ FA Cup Third Round clash with north London rivals Tottenham back in January. Walcott missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after being controversially excluded from then-boss Fabio Capello’s final squad, and has already been ruled out of England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer as well.

The 25-year-old will not rush his return, saying that he will only play again when he feels completely ready to pull on his boots. Speaking to the club’s official matchday magazine, he said: “I am not pushing myself to be fit for the World Cup or anything like that. I want to be back quickly, of course, but safely, too.

“I want to try and be back for the early part of next season, that is the goal, so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup.”

Walcott was keen to reassure the Emirates faithful that this is not necessarily a setback in his progress, and just a precaution to try and avoid issues again in future, all the while resisting the urge to bemoan his predicament. He continued: “It has nearly been four months now and my recovery has gone on track so far. At the moment, I’m working on muscle strength and building muscle in my quad.

“I don’t see any point in being down in the dumps about the injury because it has already happened and there are a lot of people with worse problems in the world.”

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