In a rare bit of positive news from the injury front, Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott today returned to full training for the first time in nearly nine months. The 25 year old has been missing since being stretchered off the field during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in January, after suffering an ACL injury.
The England international, along with Serge Gnabry, joined in the session at the Gunners’ London Colney training base on Monday along with the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal.
The recovery of players like Walcott and Monreal is a massive boost to Arsenal and Wenger, who has been struggling to find players to fill all the positions on the pitch. Only seven games into the league season, we have seen Wenger resort to youth full back Hector Bellerin to make up the numbers.
Walcott was expected to make his return to first-team training last month but his comeback was delayed due to a lack of training in match conditions, prompted by player confidence. Yet a focus on strengthening the muscles in his left knee, where the injury was sustained, means the winger is now in contention to make his comeback after the international break.
What do you think Gooners? Will Walcott’s return make a big difference?