Last night saw Theo Walcott return to action for Arsenal. The England international winger has been out of action since January. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a now infamous FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur. The injury immediately ruled him out for the World Cup with England and the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.
Now, over nine months down the line, he is stepping up his comeback from the injury. He featured against a Blackburn under-21 side for the Arsenal under-21 team last night, playing 45 minutes before coming off for a rest.
It was a decent cameo and he certainly did not look to have lost any pace due to the injury, looking even faster and he has certainly bulked up whilst out of the game.
Of course Walcott is a player who does enjoy the game, which has always endeared him to fans. Even if on the pitch he can sometimes be a frustrating player to watch.
Yesterday however he was once again thankful to his fans after his comeback - expressing his appreciation directly to his followers on Instagram with the following message:
Felt great to be back on the pitch after a long 9 months. Thanks to all the @arsenal fans for incredible support and all the Arsenal Medical Team.