Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier with Poland and will return to the Gunners for further treatment.
The Emirates Stadium star was involved in a nasty clash with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini early on in the Three Lions’ routine 5-0 win over the joint worst national team in the FIFA rankings at Wembley on Friday night.
Walcott walked off the pitch after some treatment, but the injury appeared more serious when he had to be stretchered back to the changing room.
England manager Roy Hodgson was furious with Simoncini’s challenge and revealed the Arsenal winger would spend the night in hospital after being taken there for precautionary chest scans.
The FA confirmed on Saturday that the 23-year-old would now not be able to make the clash with Poland in Warsaw on Tuesday night and would have to go back to Arsenal for further treatment on what is being described as a ‘chest injury’, but was feared to be a broken rib at the time.
If the injury rules Walcott out for a lengthy period, it could seriously affect the rest of the season, as his status as first team player is under threat at Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger may be less inclined to include the winger in his first team plans if he spends considerable in the sidelines, as a contract dispute has left doubt hanging over his future at the club.