Arsenal forward and England international has said that he won’t cut any corners in his return to fitness following his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The 25 year old was sure to be on Roy Hodgson’s plane headed for the World Cup in Brazil, but Walcott has vowed not to skip plans in his rehabilitation to be fit for the Gunners next season.
“I want to be back quickly, of course, but safely too. I want to try and be back for the early part of next season, that is the goal, so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup.
“It has nearly been four months now and my recovery has gone on track so far. At the moment, I’m working on muscle strength and building muscle in my quad.
“I will just get on with my work. I am first in and last out on most days. I see the consultant soon, too, and hopefully he will give me the thumbs up to push on. I would love to be running in a few weeks.”
Arsenal have missed the pace of Theo out wide in recent months, as they have slumped from being the league leaders at the start of the year to battling Everton for a fourth place finish. Arsene Wenger will no doubt be counting down the days until he has the winger in his plans again, albeit next season.
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