By Randy Osae
It’s back to square one.
Theo Walcott suffered a devastating knee injury during yesterday’s training session and is reportedly deemed to be sidelined for the remainder of this campaign.
The news was the unthinkable for Arsenal fans who had witnessed Monday’s birthday-boy (now 20 years) strive into form which has rekindled the Gunners’ season.
The only certainty at the moment is Walcott’s omission from tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle and international duty for England. But a scan later today will provide the final verdict on the winger’s fate for the season’s run-in.
Here is Wenger’s confirmation.
“Walcott got injured today in training,” Wenger said. “We have to test it, he has a scan on his knee today.
“We are surprised and worried. He was in very good form coming back and that is very bad news for us and for England.
“For the rest of the season might be too long, but he’s out of tomorrow’s squad and he could be out of the England squad.
“He locked his knee so it could be a cartilage problem. He did it walking back from training. He was fully normal during training but maybe it only came out when he stopped.
“We have to see how he responds today and I hope it’s not really serious.”
Again, Walcott suffers an injury no one else but those at the training ground saw.