Arsene Wenger has revealed Theo Walcott is carrying a knock after receiving a kick in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.
Walcott was taken off during the second half of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Doncaster after picking up a knock. In his post-game press conference, Wenger explained the 28-year-old has received a kick to the back of his knee.
“He had a kick behind his knee at half-time and in the second half he got another kick. I don’t think it’s big, it looks to me a kick – not more than that,” he said. Wenger has now given an update on the injury in his pre-West Brom press conference this morning.
Wenger here and announces Chambers injured until after the int. break, Walcott to be checked today "We don't think it is much." #AFC
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Walcott scored the only goal on Wednesday night in what was an otherwise drab performance from the Gunners. It was in the 75th minute when he went down near the halfway line and was quickly replaced by Alex Iwobi.
In my opinion, it may have been a case of Wenger being cautious with the fitness of his first-team players and not seeing the need to risk Walcott in the game. The forward is very much a squad player these days and will hope for more minutes after Danny Welbeck’s injury.
Going by Wenger’s comments, he should be fine to make the bench against West Brom on Monday night and to start against BATE Borisov the following Thursday, but we’ll see what happens in the coming days.