Arsenal Star Theo Walcott Set For Return After Nine Months Out With Cruciate Ligament Injury

The Englishman will play for the Under-21s on Friday.

Theo Walcott is ready to make his return for Arsenal on Friday – albeit for the Under-21s – after nine months out injured with a cruciate ligament problem suffered earlier in the year, reports the Guardian.

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The England international was struck down during the North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur back in February, but has recovered well and is ready to return to the pitch.

This will be music to the ears of manager Arsene Wenger, who is currently having to deal with something of an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott is among 11 absentees for the North Londoners with captain Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud, Serge Gnabry, Laurent Koscielny, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Yaya Sanogo and Danny Welbeck also sidelined.

However, Gnabry is also expected to feature in the match with Blackburn Rovers U21s along with the 25-year-0ld, whilst Arteta and Welbeck could both be fit to face Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Yet with Debuchy, Giroud and Ozil all facing a lengthy spell out, Wenger needs as much support as possible and Walcott’s return could be very timely for the Frenchman.

The Gunners have had an indifferent start to the 2014/15 season, currently sitting eighth in the English top tier with 10 points and losing one and winning one of their two Champions League fixtures to date.

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