Theo Walcott set to miss 2014 World Cup with cruciate ligament injury
England will be without the Arsenal winger in Brazil after news emerged that Walcott will be on the sidelines for at least six months.
January 7th, 2014
Theo Walcott would have been a certainty to be on the plane to South America this summer, although the winger has been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season and the 2014 World Cup after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury against Tottenham on Saturday.
Walcott appeared to simply jar his knee when challenging Danny Rose during his team’s 2-0 FA Cup victory against Spurs, having only recently returned from a stomach muscle injury although the player was in excellent scoring form for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger may now turn towards the transfer market after Walcott was ruled out for six months, while Roy Hodgson will be disappointed not to have the winger as an attacking threat, with Andros Townsend looking increasingly likely to line up as the right winger in Brazil.
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible,” said a club statement.
“Theo is gutted,” Walcott’s father, Don told the Sun. “He couldn’t believe it and I think he was still in shock when he told me … He didn’t think it was too bad after the game but it was worse than everybody thought.”
Walcott had scored five goals in his last eleven games and didn’t appear to be in too much discomfort when being stretchered off against Tottenham, gesturing the scoreline to baiting Spurs fans although the prognosis will have dismayed Arsenal and England fans this week.