There is good news for Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger has confirmed that speed star Theo Walcott will be back in full training towards the end of August. The winger who can also play as a striker has been out since January following the anterior cruciate injury he suffered against Spurs in an FA cup 3rd round match. Arsene Wenger while speaking to the official website confirmed what many had expected thus:
“He’s progressing very well. He’s worked very hard during the summer and we expect him to be back in full training at the end of August.
On how long it will take for Walcott to get back in the team, he said:
“That’s difficult to predict. Once he’s back in full training it can be very quick. He has a good basis, which is what he’s working on now.”
With his recovery going according to plan, and going by Arsene Wenger’s update on the winger’s recovery, he is expected to return to first team football around September, or there about which would fall within the time expected for a player to recover from such injury.
Although, he could be penciled down for a return in September, his comeback could be delayed with the depth that the team now possess following the signing of Alexis Sanchez as well as Oxlade Chamberlain who can both feature in the right wing.
This news has not come entirely by surprise going by the fact that Jack Wilshere had posted a picture of himself and Theo Walcott in training on Thursday, with the winger having returned to light training during the week.
The implication of Theo Walcott’s imminent comeback is good news for both the club fans, and for Arsene Wenger. It means the club can look forward to his early contributions in the first half of the season. And with no lasting damage expected from his ligament injury according to Arsene Wenger, it is expected that he would return the same player he was before the injury particularly with his pace. As history has shown that players that rely strongly on pace, lose a yard or two upon their return from such injury.
However, with Arsene Wenger’s assurance that he would return in top shape. There is every possibility for those of Arsenal persuasion to that rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of seeing both Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla being in the same team. And they will not have to wait for long to see that quartet. together.