Gunners rocked by further injury setback.
Arsenal have been rocked by the news that Theo Walcott will be out of action for another two weeks following surgery on an abdominal injury, the Telegraph reports.
Walcott was hit by the mystery stomach injury last month but is now set to miss a further fortnight as his recovery is due to take longer than first expected.
That means that he will be out of action for the Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund this week, the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace and the Capital One Cup tie with Chelsea the following week.
He does, however, have a minor chance at being fit for the clash with Liverpool on November 2, but it is the game against Manchester United on November 10 that appears more likely – putting him in contention for involvement in England’s Wembley friendlies against Chile and Germany on Nov 15 and Nov 19.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would have preferred to ease his star back into action gently, but Walcott now sees his place within the national side under threat thanks to the emergence of Tottenham’s Andros Townsend.
Walcott had returned to training last week but suffered the setback while running on Thursday. “He had to stop, to jog again – he is at least two weeks away now,” Wenger said.