Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is nearing a comeback, but is not committing to any particular date just yet.
Walcott has however told Arsenal's website it is 'weeks' before he will make a first team start:
"I’m just pleased that we’re now only looking at weeks and not months for my comeback now."
The tough recovery from his cruciate knee ligament is however behind the expectation signified by Arsene Wenger in early August, when he told The Evening Standard:
"Theo Walcott is planned to come back into my group on 31st August, beginning of September at the latest. He is doing well but he is not completely ready. I would say he could play at the end of August."
It had been suggested in The Mirror three days ago that Walcott could make his return in 10 days time against Tottenham, who he suffered his injury against back in January.
The attacker is however clearly refusing to commit to that date, explaining:
"We’re not setting specific comeback matches, but there may be one or two under-21s matches I’ll be involved in first. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing again."
Arsenal are clearly not ready to rush him back, which is sensible after such a serious injury, but Arsene Wenger's previous recovery estimation appears to have been over-optimistic.