Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott will miss the start of the new Premier League season with a knee injury.
The Arsenal player ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an FA Cup third-round tie against local rivals Tottenham in January, in which Arsenal won 2-0.
World Cup absence
Due to the injury Walcott missed the rest of the season and England's World Cup campaign in Brazil. Walcott was expected to be out for 6 months but the winger will be absent from football for even longer now.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "We expect him to be back in full training at the end of August.
"Theo has a good basis, which is what he's working on now," Wenger added, who also predicted that Walcott's return to contention would be "very quick" once he was back in full training.
Walcott said in a recent interview that he is positive over the prospects for his return to action for his club.
The 25-year old told the club's official website: "Things are looking really good and I have worked very hard for the last five months now.
"The most important thing is getting the strength back and it has pretty much nearly healed, it is just about building up that stability and strength again."
Arsenal will play in this years Community Shield against Premier League champions Manchester City on August 10th at Wembley Stadium and the Gunners will kick off their Premier League campaign 6 days later at home against London rivals Crystal Palace.