Theo Walcott’s chance to run riot against the minnows of San Marino came to a very quick end when he was steamrollered by their goalkeeper after just ten minutes of the game. The Arsenal winger was rushed to hospital with suspected broken ribs and was kept in overnight.
He was given some scans this morning and although the results are not yet through, Walcott has already been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against Poland with what the FA are calling a “chest injury”.
The FA have released a statement which reads: “Theo Walcott has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup qualifier with Poland on Tuesday with a chest injury,”
The statement continued: “The Arsenal forward was taken to hospital following a collision with the San Marino goalkeeper on Friday night, he was monitored overnight as a precaution and following scan results today will return to his club for further treatment.”
So it looks like Arsenal’s international injury jinx has struck again, but with another raft of games coming up again on Tuesday there is still lots of time for even more to happen.
And this happens just as the last of Arsenal’s longterm injuries were finally returning to the squad. I guess we’ll just have to put this down to the famous “sods law”……