Arsenal striker Theo Walcott hopes to return ‘early next season’

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott says he won't rush his return from a anterior cruciate ligament injury

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Theo Walcott is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury Photo: Nike

Theo Walcott says he hopes to return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury “early next season”.

The England striker hasn’t featured for the Gunners since a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round at The Emirates in January.

It’s nearly been four months now and my recovery has gone on track so far

Theo Walcott

Walcott, who scored five goals and made four assists in the Premier League this season, won’t rush his return to first-team action.

“I’m not pushing myself to be fit for the World Cup or anything like that,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website. “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’s the goal so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup.”

Walcott also spoke about his progress recovering from the injury, with the Arsenal striker remaining positive.

“It’s nearly been four months now and my recovery has gone on track so far,” added Walcott.

“At the moment, I’m working on muscle strength and building muscle in my quad. I’ve got a lot of the flexion back and I’m always working on extension.

“A lot of the days are very similar but the four months have gone really quickly. I don’t see any point in being down in the dumps about the injury because it’s already happened and there are a lot of people with worse problems in the world.

“I’ll just get on with my work – I’m first in and last out on most days. I see the consultant soon too and hopefully he’ll give me the thumbs-up to push on even more. I’d love to be running in a few weeks.”

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