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Theo back in the treatment room

Arsenal flyer Theo Walcott finds himself back on the physio`s couch having damaged his medial ligament following a robust challenge from Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell early in the home game this weekend.

It follows a protracted period out due to a back injury which prevented Theo playing this season until a substitute appearance against Blackburn in which he notched his first goal of the season. This new injury will prevent him playing until the 2nd half of November if early prognosis of his recovery time proves accurate.

A couple of months ago Wenger had attributed Walcott`s early injury woes to a lack of rest in the summer having played for both full and U21 England teams. The Arsenal boss was quoted as saying, "I didn`t want him to play for the Under-21s. I know how it works. The player comes back later than everybody else, doesn`t have a decent preparation, you are under pressure to rush him back, you play him earlier than you should, he gets an injury and you see him again in October.

"That`s why I was adamant that he does not go with the Under-21s. He has no decent preparation for the league championship, for the season and, in the end, England will pay the price as well."

It would be inaccurate to claim that this injury is directly related to lack of summer rest but Wenger is a strong advocate of the value of a proper preseason. "Ideal [pre-season] preparation is four to six weeks. So you know already you will start the season without him. When we played in Valencia, I played him in one half. Maybe I should not have played him."

There is a resonance with a prolonged injury absence for Fabregas last season following his involvement with Spain in the previous summers Euro tournament and the consequent lack of a proper pre-season build up. While out injured Cesc pointed to similar injury fates suffered by others such asTorres and Iniesta after their success in the 2008 tournament.

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Date:Monday October 19 2009

Time: 5:03PM

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19/10/2009 17:15:00

Injuries breed injuries. When a player is out for a susstained length of time he's more likely to injure another part of his body. I think RvP was a prime candidate for that, every time he got back from injury he'd damage something else. Theo needs to get himself back into the team and play for a while without picking up any major injuries, and then, like RvP, we'll see him being able to withstand the physical side of the game.
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19/10/2009 17:17:00

Sigh, I suppose Theo is going to be our 'injured man' this season (every season, we have one or two such players). He showed some quality in his brief time on the pitch and the 4-3-3 formation could really suit him, where he could rip apart some teams, esp the weaker ones. Hopefully, he will play a part later in the season, with his fresh legs.
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19/10/2009 17:54:00

The challenge itself was fair enough, but Theo didn't know it was coming, so he couldn't brace himself. I thought this was going to be his breakout year.
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19/10/2009 18:31:00

I think that the consistant injuries to Eduardo and Rosicky are just to rest them thou, he just says they are injuries because he doesnt want the press getting on his back
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19/10/2009 21:15:00

That cannot be correct, G24. To what end will the manager be trying to rest two very influential players? While Edu could not even play for his adopted country in their last WC qualifier, Rosicky featured for his country but played gingerly. Some of these injuries only require a period of rest to heal and this must be the case with this duo.
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20/10/2009 00:35:00

Challenge was fair? the guy flew in like a maniac, it shouldve atleast been a yellow even Mr Poll thinks it was a bad tackle! Getting the ball does not automotically make it a fair tackle.
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20/10/2009 14:22:00

It was a fair, but hard, tackle. Theo will needs to be more aware of these types of challenges.
Sir Henry
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20/10/2009 17:03:00

I read an article recently that said players in England are about three times as likely to get stress fractures and other wear-and-tear type injuries in the second half of the season as players in other leagues, primarily because they are the only players that don't take 2-3 weeks off at Christmas but play 2-3 games per week. I love the Xmas program in England but it's killing the players.
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20/10/2009 18:25:00

after that great hat trick against Croatia it'd be sad to see his World Cup hopes disappear through injury!
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20/10/2009 19:58:00


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