Arsenal winger Theo Walcott hopes to return into action in the early stage of next season after revealing that his recovery from a knee injury has been going according to plan.
The England international hasn’t featured for the Gunners since a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round at The Emirates in January, sustaining serious ACL injury in the latter stages of the win.
The 25 year old says he will not be making any late bid to try and gain a place in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals and admits he may even miss the start of next season.
According to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I’m not pushing myself to be fit for the World Cup or anything like that. I want to be back quickly of course, but safely too.
I want to try and be back for the early part of next season. That’s the goal so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup.
Walcott also spoke about his progress recovering from the injury, with the Arsenal forward remaining positive. He added:
It’s nearly been four months now and my recovery has gone on track so far. At the moment, I’m working on muscle strength and building muscle in my quad. I’ve got a lot of the flexion back and I’m always working on extension.
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A lot of the days are very similar but the four months have gone really quickly. I don’t see any point in being down in the dumps about the injury because it’s already happened and there are a lot of people with worse problems in the world.
I’ll just get on with my work – I’m first in and last out on most days. I see the consultant soon too and hopefully he’ll give me the thumbs-up to push on even more. I’d love to be running in a few weeks.
Walcott’s injury earlier this season is arguably far more significant than it first seemed. The winger fulfills a role for Arsenal that none of their other players are able to replace. His goals last season were essential to getting the side to fourth, but with him missing huge chunks of this season Arsenal have been less of a threat especially in the last few months.
He provided a huge goal threat and netted 14 times in the Premier League last season and was the clubs top scorer. He played as both a right winger and at times as a central striker last season offering a very different threat to Oliver Giroud. The Frenchman is a good target man, but is not capable of making darting runs like Walcott in behind opposition defences in order to stretch the play.
If he wasn’t injured then Arsenal would have had a better chance of maybe winning the title this season. Hopefully he can return and stay fit to take the Gunners to the League title next season.
Get well soon Theo