Theo Walcott is being forced to learn to walk all over again and says he has been using his downtime to make himself "an absolute tank".
Arsenal have missed the England winger sorely since he was ruled out for the remainder of the season and the World Cup after rupturing his cruciate ligament earlier this season.
Walcott has revealed that he has finally been able to take off the leg brace he was made to wear after surgery and is starting to walk again, though it is taking time and he has had to learn to do it again.
“The last two days have been good days, getting out of the brace and off the crutches,” he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.
“I have been able to walk a bit easier. It has taken me a while to get the walking right, but it is nearly there.
“At the moment, I am taking it week by week and trying to hit targets. I can’t do much yet. I just walk in the swimming pool, getting the extension right. Extension in this injury is very important.
"Otherwise, I am trying to build muscle and become an absolute tank."
Walcott suffered the injury in the FA Cup victory over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and made headlines during the game for making a '2-0' (the score of the match) gesture towards the Spurs fans as he was being stretchered off.
This prompted angry reactions from some Spurs fans, some threw coins, but Walcott said he had no regrets about the gesture, as most of the Spurs fans he had spoken to had taken it as the good natured ribbing he intended.
“No, I don’t regret it at all,All the stewards and the doctors were getting stuff peppered at them even before," he added.
"Me and Tottenham, you always have that banter. They do it to me, I do it to them. It’s just a bit of fun really.
“I have seen some Tottenham fans since then and they have said, ‘If it was one of our players [making the scoreline gesture] I would have loved it’. It’s all a bit of fun, that’s all it was."
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