Theo Walcott is happy with his recovery from the serious knee injury he sustained early this year, with the damage nearly repaired after five months out.
The attacker sustained the injury to his ACL in Arsenal’s January FA Cup victory over rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign as well as the start of the upcoming 2014/15 season.
The devastating injury that made him miss England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil was expected to keep him sidelined for at least six months, however as he has yet to get anywhere near a football pitch it is unlikely he will make it for the first team pre-season preparations.
The England winger told Arsenal’s official website that he’s been working hard on rehabilitation, specifically with strength and stability as he hopes to rejoin his team mates as soon as possible.
The knee is going really well, I am doing some good stuff with the physios and fitness coaches and we have worked really hard throughout the summer.
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Things are looking really good and I have worked very hard for the last five months now.
The most important thing is getting the strength back and it has pretty much nearly healed – it is just about building up that stability and strength again. It is coming along nicely and I am really pleased.
Walcott was a huge miss during our sets of difficult fixtures in 2014, his absence greatly depleted the pace in the side and we lacked his killer instinct. Theo is one player we will look forward to seeing back in action in due course.
This season we will have our exciting new signing Alexis Sanchez to help add some necessary speed into our attack, and hopefully Walcott’s initial absence will be less felt as the new season gets underway.
The Englishman praised the arrival of Chile’s World Cup star and feels he is the calibre of player the Gunners crave. Walcott is still set to be out for a little while longer but he is already looking forward to playing alongside the ex-Barcelona attacker.
Sanchez is a world-class player and I enjoyed watching him play for Barcelona and for Chile at the World Cup.
He’s still very young as well and he is going to show so much pace and power, which we lacked a bit last year. With me and him on the flanks, a lot of teams won’t be looking forward to playing Arsenal this year!
There’s a great buzz around the club at the moment. He is a marquee signing and something that the club has pushed on to: first you had Mesut Ozil and now it is Alexis Sanchez. Who knows where it is going to stop?
It is great to learn from these players, and I cannot wait to play alongside him. I am really looking forward to it.
It is great to hear Walcott’s recovery is on track and is starting to step up his rehabilitation. With both Theo and Sanchez in attack as well as the likes of Cazorla, Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain thrown into the mix, Wenger has options aplenty.
Not sure about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing the lads back in action when the pre-season preparations get back underway.