Arsenal fear the abdominal injury that caused Theo Walcott to be withdrawn from the starting line-up against Stoke City is worse than first thought.
According to The Mirror, tests carried out on the England international have revealed what Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believed to be minor is actually more serious and could see him miss the next three matches.
Arsenal did not need any further injury setbacks at this time as they already have a lengthy list of stars on the treatment table, which has further exacerbated the fact the squad was already dangerously thin.
Walcott joins Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo as an attacker out through injury.
Walcott was on the team sheet to start in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, but the problem become too much and he was replaced by German youngster Serge Gnabry at the last moment.
The Mirror report claims the 24-year-old will now definitely sit out the Capital One tie with West Brom on Wednesday, as well as the trip to Swansea City the following Saturday and is in danger of missing the Champions League group game against Napoli next week.
Not only is this bad news for Wenger and Arsenal, Roy Hodgson will also be worried as the problem could even force Walcott out of England World Cup qualifying fixtures at the start of next month.