VIDEO: Theo Walcott tests knee with compound exercise - rehab over?

Theo Walcott

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott was cruelly ruled out of the FIFA World Cup tournament with England due to injury, but his recovery looks to be going well.

Arsenal superstar Theo Walcott, who would have been a lock for one of the forward positions in Roy Hodgson's squad for the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, was ruled out of England contention earlier in the year, in January, when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee.

Since then, the fleet-footed forward - who was responsible for creating or scoring a goal once every 95 minutes he was on the field - has undergone rehabilitation and, as per a video he recently uploaded to his social media networks, the 25-year-old's recovery appears to be going extremely well.

The compound exercise that Walcott is seen completing is a back squat. The foam rest is for comfort for his neck and, while it is unclear how heavy the weight is (the bar alone would be 20kg) it is clear that, if his knee had any sign of injury, the Arsenal physios would not be putting the athlete's knee through such an intensive drill. 

Squats are essential for footballers as each player has to endure many twists, turns and ride high impact challenges - strong legs therefore can counter any strain from these movements.

The club physios are likely rebuilding and testing the strength of Walcott's previously injured knee. The indication here is that, because of the type of exercise, Walcott may be fast approaching the end of his rehabilitation program. He even said last month that "early next season" was his targeted return date.

This is not the first time an Arsenal athlete has posted a video of squatting during the recovery process, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, too, uploaded footage. A powerful guy, Oxlade used a different technique - the front squat, which is a more complex training drill but, just weeks after the video was released, Oxlade was back on the field.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently on international duty with Jack Wilshere in the England camp, however, he suffered a medial ligament injury against Ecuador but is likely to return to the Three Lions fold during the Group D games at the World Cup.

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