The ‘mysterious’ abdominal strain that kept Theo Walcott from taking his place in the starting line-up against Stoke could keep the winger sidelined for two more weeks according to reports in the The Mirror and Daily Mail.
The England international was initially thought to have withdrawn from Saturday’s game due to illness only for Arsene Wenger to reveal after the win that he wasn’t sure of the specifics.
“We hope we haven’t lost Walcott for a long time. He has a muscular abdominal problem but I don’t know how serious it is,” said Wenger.
“Is it a question of days? I hope so. He had a little problem before the Marseille game and it became a bit worse.
“It is a bit mysterious because we don’t really know what it is.”
Two weeks on the treatment table would see Walcott miss tomorrow’s Capital One Cup game at West Brom, Saturday’s trip to Swansea and the home Champions League game on Napoli. It also throws into doubt his participation against West Brom in the league and even England’s final two World Cup qualifiers (although in truth we couldn’t give a toss about that).
Arsenal’s current injury list sees Santi Cazorla (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Abou Diaby (knee) all out of action.
Add the fitness problems to the cull of the Academy this summer and it’s not obvious who’ll Arsene will pick for tomorrow’s game. We wait we baited breath…