Arsenal boss pours scorn on star's World Cup chances

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Theo Walcott's knee surgery went "very well", but has warned England fans that they should not expect the Three Lions star to make a miraculous recovery in time for next summer's World Cup finals.

Walcott suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage towards the end of a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, ruling him out for the rest of the campaign in a huge blow to Arsenal's chances of claiming silverware.

Wenger has shared that the wing wizard's operation to repair cruciate damage was a success but stopped short of declaring that the 24-year-old could play again before the start of next season, insisting that Walcott will focus his effort on being fully prepared to return next term rather than rushing back.

He told the club's official website: "It 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 overall his long-term future is very positive. It's about being fit for next season now."

The Gunners will now have to continue their Premier League title charge without a clinical finisher in the final third, with Walcott scoring five goals in 13 appearances during a campaign blighted by persistent problems.

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