Arsenal prepare to name returning star against Sunderland

Arsenal will be boosted by news that Theo Walcott is set to mark his return from a lengthy injury with a possible appearance against Sunderland this weekend, Metro reports.

The 25-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament back in January and has been out of actions throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, missing out on the World Cup for England as well.

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Walcott made his return during the clubs under-21 match on Friday, playing a full 45 minutes despite being sidelined for about nine months.

Arsene Wenger could now name him on the bench for the Sunderland fixture after seeing his progress as he could also make an appearance for the first team, possibly as a late substitute.

With the Gunners still facing an injury crisis, especially with the knock to Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, and Laurent Koscielny amongst others, they will surely be boosted by the return of the England winger.