Walcott out of World CupAgence France-Presse . London
England forward Theo Walcott will miss this year’s World Cup in Brazil after being ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury, his club, Arsenal, said Monday.
Walcott suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Premier League leaders Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win at home to arch north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
An Arsenal statement said Walcott is ‘expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the (English) season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer’.
The 24-year-old Walcott jarred his knee towards the end of the match making a tackle and was carried from the field.
Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey sympathised with Walcott on Twitter by saying: ‘Gutted for Theo, he’ll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate.’
Former Arsenal and England midfielder Ray Parlour said Walcott would be a major loss for both club and country.
‘What a really big injury this is for Arsenal and England because I’m sure Theo would have been a starter for England in Brazil,’ Parlour told Sky Sports News.
‘And it must be a massive blow for himself because he’s playing in a very good team at the moment, top of the league, and looking forward to Brazil.
‘He must be absolutely distraught about the extent of the injury.’
Whilst on a stretcher, Walcott was pelted by coins and plastic bottles, among other objects, from the away end.
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