Walcott pulled up early in the second half during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea today with what looked like a hamstring injury. After consultation with the Gunners medical staff, Theo decided to carry on but only lasted 2 minutes before he was clutching at his left hamstring again and was immediately subbed.
That decision to carry on could have cost Walcott the rest of his season, as it appears he caused more damage to the injury and will now be ruled out for at least 3 weeks. The good news for England fans is Arsene feels the 23-year-old will have recovered in time to take part in this summers European Championships, if selected of course.
After the game, Wenger told Arsenal.com:
on Theo Walcott’s injury…
It looks like a serious hamstring. First we assessed the hamstring, he wanted to go on and stay on the pitch, and I think he should have gone off straight away because the second time it was a real hamstring [injury]. I think now for him it will be tough to come back before the end of the season. It is usually 21 days [minimum]. He should be OK to play for England – he just will have a good rest. You suddenly become favourite to win the European Championship! But I don’t think he will be ready to play for us.