Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has confirmed that he will not be fit in time for the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, despite aiming for that clash as a possible return date from his unfortunate long-term injury, as reported by the Daily Star.
There was a belief that the England international would be available for the game, but Walcott himself has denied that that is going to happen.
He said: “I haven’t put a specific date or looked at a game yet.
“There were rumours of me coming back for the Spurs game which is definitely not going to happen, that’s for sure.
“I’m taking it week by week. It tends to fly by and it’s not months anymore, which is a nice feeling.”
Walcott has been out of action since January, when he suffered a knee injury against the same opposition he is now ruling himself out for. Arsenal won that FA Cup tie 2-0, and Walcott was famously pictured gesturing at the Spurs away support after they mocked him for being injured.
It seems as though September 27th is simply coming too soon for Walcott to be involved, but there is a belief that he will be involved soon enough, and that will only be to the benefit of Arsenal’s title challenge.