Theo Walcott ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

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England manager Roy Hodgson has been rocked by the news that he will be without key man Theo Walcott for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro in October, according to Arsenal's official website.

Walcott was forced to miss his sides 3-1 victory against Stoke City on Sunday despite being named in the starting XI.

Arsene Wenger revealed after that match that he was perplexed about the abdominal injury and wasn't sure how long the 24-year-old would be out.

But now it has been revealed by the club that the striker will travel to Germany to have a 'minor procedure.'

Wenger said: “Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It's not a hernia, but it's a little structural problem in his abdomen.

"He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.”

Walcott has established himself as a regular member for club and country and the injury will be of bitter disappointment to Hodgson.

Wenger meanwhile, will be without his quick-man for four games.

The Three Lions face two games at Wembley where only wins will definitely be enough to book a place at the summer tournament in Brazil.

The former Southampton youngster has 36 caps at international level and has five goals, although three of those came in a hat-trick against Croatia.

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