England's Theo Walcott will miss October's games with Montenegro and Poland
England will be without Theo Walcott for their crucial World Cup qualifiers next month as the Arsenal forward is set for surgery on an abdomen injury.
The 24-year-old will travel to Germany to undergo a minor procedure on the problem this week, which means he will miss England’s double-header with Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in October.
Walcott was absent from the Gunners’ line-up during Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Stoke City, after being substituted in their previous game with Marseille in the Champions League.
And after developing a problem with his posterior abdominal wall, he receiving treatment immediately which means he misses Arsenal’s next four games as well as England's final World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed: “Theo will be out for a few weeks.
“He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It's not a hernia, but it's a little structural problem in his abdomen.
"He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately.
“We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.”
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