Theo Walcott's chances of lining up in Brazil this summer were impeded by a cruciate ligament injury but he may be offered the slightest of reprieves.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been boosted by the news he may go to the World Cup after all, with both BBC and ITV exploring the possibility of using him as one of their pundits.
Bosses of the two TV companies are said to be impressed with Walcott's recent broadcast experiences and, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, may now attempt to formalise their interest.
Walcott has already appeared on ITV to help cover some of England's World Cup qualification games but it will be scant consolation to the Gunners star, who had dreamt of finally ending his hoodoo with this competition.
The former Southampton man was selected for the 2006 World Cup squad but failed to make a single appearance and was controversially excluded from the 2010 party but 2014 will not be his year either, having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-0 FA Cup win over rivals Tottennham in January.
At first, it appeared as if little damage had been done, but after closer inspection, the worst was confirmed and Walcott's rehabilitation duly began in a bid to be back fit for the start of next season.
But the opportunity to be involved in Brazil is one which could help ease Walcott's pain, something which will be aided by the upcoming birth of his and wife Mel's first baby.