This should have been the time when Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was preparing for a trip to Brazil with the England squad. But following his anterior cruciate ligament injury, the 25-year-old is instead continuing his long road to recovery.
Walcott suffered the blow back in January, during the Gunners’ FA Cup third-round game against Tottenham Hotspur, and it was quickly revealed that he would miss the rest of what had been a promising campaign, along with this summer’s World Cup.
And now the Arsenal player has been speaking to the club’s match-day programme to reveal the latest on his recovery and when he hopes to be back playing again.
“I want to try and be back for the early part of next season,” Walcott said in quotes published on the club’s official website.
“That’s the goal so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup.”
So while many of his teammates will be taking part in arguably the greatest sporting show on earth, Walcott will be stepping up his recovery in the hope of being back for the majority of the new campaign; and how Arsenal can do with him, along with the rest of a fully-fit squad.
Arsene Wenger’s men were flying high prior to a series of injuries that rocked their season, but Walcott knows that patience is a virtue when it comes to such a long spell on the side-lines.
“I don’t see any point in being down in the dumps about the injury because it’s already happened,” he said, “and there are a lot of people with worse problems in the world.”
It is that type of thinking that will hopefully see Walcott back sooner rather than later.