England’s World Cup Qualification could take a serious hit as star striker Theo Walcott reported of a stomach injury which could keep the winger out of football action for at least two weeks.
Walcott had tests on the stomach injury which kept him out of Arsenal’s win over Stoke on Sunday, and the diagnosis is worse than the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger first feared.
Walcott is a major doubt for the Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea on Saturday and the Champions League visit of Napoli next Tuesday.
As well as a big blow to Wenger, the news will come as a huge worry to England manager Roy Hodgson, who needs two wins from the clashes to be certain of qualification.
The winger is expected to be out for a fortnight, which means he could miss the Wembley double header against Montenegro and Poland on October 11 and 15, which would be a massive blow for Roy Hodgson. Walcott was set to start in both matches.
England are at the top of their Qualifying table but just a point ahead of Ukraine and will need to win both their matches if they are to be guaranteed of a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.