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Arsenal and England lose Walcott

Published: Tuesday 24 September 2013, 17.11CET
Theo Walcott is to have abdomen surgery and will miss Arsenal FC's next Group F fixture against SSC Napoli as well as England's decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Arsenal and England lose Walcott
Theo Walcott scored in Arsenal's opener at OM ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Tuesday 24 September 2013, 17.11CET

Arsenal and England lose Walcott

Theo Walcott is to have abdomen surgery and will miss Arsenal FC's next Group F fixture against SSC Napoli as well as England's decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Theo Walcott will miss Arsenal FC's next UEFA Champions League fixture against SSC Napoli after news that the forward will need an operation on his abdomen.

According to the Premier League club: "The winger missed Sunday's win over Stoke City after developing slight damage to his posterior abdominal wall. As a result, it has been decided that Theo should undergo the minor procedure, which will enable him to start his recovery immediately afterwards."

Manager Arsène Wenger said: "Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It's not a hernia, but it's a little structural problem in his abdomen. He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it's so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately."

Walcott, 24, who scored in the Gunners' opening 2-1 Group F win at Olympique de Marseille, will not be fit to meet Napoli in north London next Tuesday. However, after sitting out England's decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers at home to Montenegro and Poland next month, Arsenal expect to welcome the winger back in time to face Borussia Dortmund on 22 October.

Last updated: 24/09/13 19.47CET

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