Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that Theo Walcott's return is still a few weeks away.
But the England international looks certain to recover in time for a number of key fixtures.
He told Arsenal.com: Theo Walcott is planned to come back into my group on August 31, beginning of September latest. He’s doing well but he’s not completely ready. I would say end of August.
He then added that England's matches in September, 3rd and 8th against Norway and Switzerland 'could be a bit early'.
By the time Arsenal line-up against Manchester City on September 13, would Walcott be thrown straight into the starting XI?
Wenger will want to be cautious with the winger, who sustained a serious knee injury in January, and may prefer to ease him in from the bench, especially in such an important encounter.
A more likely return game to start at The Emirates, would be their next home fixture, on September 27 - against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
In between the only date in the diary is an away trip to Aston Villa, but pending qualification, a Champions League group fixture should be inserted into that schedule.
It was against Spurs who he sustained his knee injury in the FA Cup, receiving taunts from opposition fans when he was stretchered off, which saw him respond with a 2-0 hand gesture, inciting coins and missiles to hail down from the crowd.
The incident saw neither Walcott or Spurs fans cover themselves in glory, with the extent of his injury unclear at the time.
A comeback against Tottenham at The Emirates would see him receive a hero's welcome, and to bet against him scoring, would take a brave man.
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