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Walcott’s World Cup Misery

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is today facing the news that he has been ruled out for upwards of six months with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture.

The Arsenal and England star will miss the second half of his club sides domestic and European campaigns aswell as England’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.

It is a cruel blow for a player who was becoming a more and more influential for both his club and international sides. This will be the third World Cup in a row that Walcott will not make an appearance in.

After being somewhat of a wildcard selection back in 2006 under Sven Goran Eriksson, Walcott failed to make a single appearance during England’s World Cup run to the quarter finals.

Walcott did not even make Fabio Capello’s final 23 man squad back in 2010. This injury will be a bitter blow to the young man.

His Arsenal team mate Aaron Ramsey took to Twitter to console Walcott and wrote “Gutted for Theo, he’ll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate.”

Whilst missing out on the World Cup is cruel enough, it is my opinion that Walcott’s Arsenal team mates will miss his more than his England colleagues.

Arsenal are still fighting on three fronts to end their trophies run of eight years. Walcott has been in terrific form recently with five goals since returning from injury in November.

For more on this story please visit BBC Sport Online.

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