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Arsenal Star “Hopeful” He’ll Be Back In A Matter Of Weeks
Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott has given Arsenal.com an update on his injury recovery and confirmed he hopes to be back playing with the first team in a matter of weeks.
Theo has been on the sidelines since suffering a serious knee injury during the closing stages of our FA Cup win over Tottenham in early January.
The 25-year-old is now back in full training with the rest of the squad and there were rumours he could be in contention to face Spurs at the end of the month.
However, Walcott has played down those reports and insists he’s not setting any specific comeback date, but he’s hopeful it will only be a matter of weeks before he’s playing in the first team again.
“I knew how long the rehab would be, it was always going to be around nine months. But I approached it that I had to enjoy it, and that’s what I have done, it’s given me the opportunity to work on my legs and build up the muscle strength. If anything, I hope to come back stronger and quicker.”
“We’re not setting specific comeback matches, but I’m just pleased it’s hopefully now only a matter of weeks before I’ll be back playing,”
“There may be one or two under-21s matches I’ll be involved in first. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing again.”
So it looks like it’s going to be early October before we see Theo back in contention for the first team. It’s a little disappointing as I had hoped he would perhaps play some part in the Capital One Cup clash with Southampton on the 23rd, but it’s understandable that we don’t take any risks and rush him back too soon.
It will be a huge boost to have him available again and I can’t wait to see him linking up with the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey and Welbeck this season.