Theo Walcott went into surgery over the weekend and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the operation went well and the England winger is well on his way to recovery, according to Goal.
However Wenger strongly emphasised Walcott still won’t be fit in time to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The winger suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-0 meet up against Tottenham. Early prognosis suggested Walcott would be out for at least six months.
Wenger confirmed: “It (surgery) went very well, the damage was real in the knee so he will have to take the needed time, so let’s not be hopeful that he will go to the World Cup – that is not possible.”
But the Frenchman is confident Theo Walcott will be able to come back from this injury and return to sparkling form next season. He argues at only age 24, Walcott has many years left in his career.
The winger is strong mentally and will be able to overcome this experience, and his manager has backed him to come back with a bang.
"He has said to me he is under shock but he will fight as ever to come back,” Wenger said.
Along with Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Nicklas Bendtner, and Thomas Vermaelan are also on the injury list and will not be available to play in this weekend’s match against Fulham.
Nacho Monreal and Tomas Rosicky are also doubtful. Monreal twisted a ligament and Rosicky picked up a broken nose against Aston Villa on Monday. The Gunners’ boss suggests Rosicky may be available with a mask but they will have to keep close monitoring to know.
Despite the recent string of injuries, Wenger is still confident that his men will be able to hold their own in the close title race with Manchester City and Chelsea.
"In midfield we have plenty of quality players who you can rotate easily without really feeling 'today we are weaker'," Wenger said.
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