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Injury-prone Arsenal wide boy Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday due to a chest injury he picked up on Friday’s game against San Marino.
Walcott went down in pain in the opening minutes of last week’s 5-0 drubbing as a result of a collision with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini.
A statement has been released by the Football Association confirming the extent of the setback:
“The Arsenal forward was taken to hospital following a collision with the San Marino goalkeeper on Friday night, he was monitored overnight as a precaution and following scan results today will return to his club for further treatment.”
England boos Roy Hodgson made no attempts to hide his disappointment at thWalcott’s latest injury scare, he commented:
“I don’t think it is going to be good… He is in hospital overnight. We can only hope it is bad bruising but he was pretty badly beaten up.”
If you believe what you read outside the main football back pages Russian business magnate Roman Abramovich will take advantage of the uncertainty over Walcott’s Arsenal future by putting forward a pre-January contract offer.
As no genuine sources have yet to confirm traces of this deal, there is no further current information on what the deal will entail, but it’s no secret that Walcott is not content with the offer on the table from the Arsenal board.
Earlier this month it was insinuated by more than one daily football source that Chelsea would also go for Atletico goal machine Falcao in the winter transfer window, however ESPN pour cold water on this story, which could reinforce Abramovich’s intentions to push harder with the Walcott move.
Falcao, valued at a less-than-modest €40m, is Europe’s hottest property right now, it was even suggested that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would put in a bid if Walcott leaves, although with such a high price tag it makes for an implausible story.
One striker that could solve Wenger’s worries is Loic Remy, the Marseilles striker would probably cost upwards of €15m, or play hard-ball and enquire to the availability of Chelsea bench-warmer Daniel Sturridge, who may be more accommodating for Arsenal’s budget.