Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out for at least six months with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 24 year-old sustained the blow in a challenge with Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose, and will miss the rest of the season.
Following a scan today, Arsenal confirmed that Walcott had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, and he will have surgery in the next few days.
It is bad news for his country too, as he is almost certain to be out of action for England’s campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Arsenal are fortunate to be able to call upon German wonderkid Serge Gnabry in Walcott’s absence, while Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is set to return to training in the next week or so.
In the meantime, Arsene Wenger may be forced to enter the market for a striker with Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Walcott all out of action at present.