Arsenal manager wary of rushing injury-prone star back to action

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wary of rushing Theo Walcott back from injury too soon, believing that the England international could be at risk of suffering another injury.

Walcott marked his return to first-team action in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Burnley – having been sidelined since January with a cruciate knee ligament injury – and whilst Arsenal fans will be buoyed by the news of his return, Wenger is not getting carried away and has promised to adopt a cautious approach with the player.

“In our job, every time you have a big injury, there is a bigger chance of having another”, the Frenchman told the club’s official site.

“Overall he has been taken care of very well.

“He is now ready to play again and we just have to leave him in peace and give him the time needed to come back.

“He has been out for 10 months – I don’t know if you realise how long that is. People think it’s like mechanics.

“[Players are] not machines, they are human beings and to get back into the rhythm of the top, top competition will take time.”

Arsenal face Swansea City on Sunday in the Premier League, with the Gunners in 5th place in the table on 17 points.

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