Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of action for six Months with a knee injury.
He came off injured in the second-half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, after which manager Arsene Wenger had expressed hopes that the knee problem wouldn’t sideline the England international for long.
Walcott’s injury also come as a blow to Coach Roy Hodgson’s preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “…the club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
“Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.”