Gunners wait on Walcott news

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England's medical staff will assess Theo Walcott this morning before deciding when the youngster can fly back to Arsenal.

Walcott dislocated his shoulder in training on Tuesday night, ruling him out of Wednesday's friendly with Germany in Berlin.

It is likely that Walcott will be out for quite a while, but first he needs to be examined by the Gunners, who must wait to discover what advice the Football Association come up with.

Whenever the 19-year-old returns, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unlikely to be amused. Along with Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benitez and recent addition Martin O'Neill, Wenger has never made any secret of his belief friendly internationals are a meaningless inclusion in a packed club scene.

And in the immediate aftermath of his side's defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday, he again outlined his opposition to this week's matches.

"It is particularly not welcome at the moment because it is at a period where you want your players to recover a little bit," he said.

"I don't see what you gain from this friendly because there is no game. You can explain a friendly to prepare for an official match but after this there is no international game for four months."

Wenger's opinion is not hard to guess and the fall-out could be explosive even if Fabio Capello was keen to stress his sorrow at the freak accident.

"Our priority is Theo and making him as comfortable as possible before he returns to England," said the Italian. "We are all very disappointed but the important thing is for Theo to travel home and make a quick recovery."

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