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Walcott suffers World Cup KO

January 06, 2014 18:58:03 UK

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season and the Fifa 2014 World Cup in Brazil because of a knee injury, the club have confirmed.

The Premier League table-toppers confirmed late on Monday the 24-year-old sustained the injury in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup derby win against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.

The north Londoners revealed the England international sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee and will be out for six months.

Walcott, who also discovered on Monday he will not face any disciplinary action from the Football Association for his ‘2-0’ gesture towards Tottenham supporters, will have an operation soon.

A club statement read: “Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.”

It added: “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible.”

News of Walcott’s devastating injury could force manager Arsene Wenger’s hand in the January transfer market. The Frenchman previously suggested he may forced into making a New Year signing because of an injury to fellow striker Nicklas Bendtner, but then appeared to backtrack.

“All the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets,” said Wenger.

“Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult or if we find someone like [Serge] Gnabry at that age when no one knows them.”

Arsenal are priced 5.00 in the Premier League outright market and England are quoted 34.00 in the Fifa 2014 World Cup tournament winner betting.

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