Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals Theo Walcott set for minor surgery on abdominal injury.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is set to have a minor surgical procedure due to the abdominal injury that kept him out of the weekend’s 3-1 victory over Stoke City at Emirates Stadium.
Serge Gnabry was handed his full Premier League debut in the Englishman’s absence, and the young German performed credibly, but Walcott’s absence will nevertheless be keenly felt by both club and country.
The 24 year-old is set to miss the Gunners’ matches against Swansea City, Napoli and West Bromwich Albion, as well as England’s final FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying games against Montenegro and Poland.
“Theo will be out for a few weeks,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website.
“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.
“We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches.
“But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.”