Theo Walcott could be set for another spell on the sidelines after a knee injury ruled the Arsenal winger out of next week's England Under-21 internationals.
Although the 20-year-old is established in Fabio Capello's senior squad, he has only just recovered from a shoulder injury picked up with the full team in November. It was hoped Walcott could be eased back into action with the Under-21s against Norway and France, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed the forward would now need rest.
"The bad news we have for us and for England is that Walcott got injured today (Friday) in training," said Wenger. "He will have a scan on his knee and we are a bit surprised and worried because he was in very good form coming back."
He added: "That is very bad news for us.
"Out for the rest of the season would be too long, but certainly he is out of the squad for the Newcastle game on Saturday and he could be out of the squad for England.
"He will be scanned this afternoon and we will assess his situation tonight."
Wenger added: "Theo locked his knee when he was walking back from training, so it could be a cartilage.
"Training was fully normal and maybe he has done it in training and it came out when he stopped.
"But we have to see how he responds today. I hope that it is not serious, but he has to be scanned."
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