Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones thinks that Theo Walcott may well be one of the unluckiest players in the Premier League after he suffered yet another injury.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott suffered yet another injury against Birmingham on Saturday that has brought the issue of his susceptibility to injuries to the fore once again. The lack of a prolonged run in the Arsenal first team must be a worry for England manager Fabio Capello as well as Arsene Wenger. But is Walcott just incredibly unlucky, or is he a player that will be forever prone to injuries?
Walcott has only featured in two games for Arsenal this season as the start of this campaign for him has been seriously hampered by injury. After just retuning from a back injury which kept him out for a couple of weeks, he is now expected to be out for a further month after damaging his knee ligaments on Saturday. Walcott also spent much of last season out injured the continued amount of time he is spending on the treatment table is a growing concern.
Many people are now beginning to question his ability to get fit and stay fit, but is Walcott just suffering a run of bad luck? His run of injuries must be draining his self-confidence and putting doubts into his mind as to whether he will be forever plagued by one injury after another. Surely is isn’t just a coincidence that Walcott spends a lot of time on the sidelines, but is it just because he is still young and his body is yet to settle down or does his pace leave him exposed to bad tackles?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains unconcerned and feels that Walcott will bounce back from his latest setback. Wenger told Sky Sports, “Theo has had two shoulder surgeries that were from a genetic weakness, but for the rest, I don't believe he is injury-prone.” So his manager has faith in him, but he did also admit that Walcott himself is beginning to worry. Wenger thus has a crucial role to play in trying to keep him believing in himself and allow Walcott to concentrate on getting fit and playing football, instead of worrying about his long-term future.
This latest injury looks set to force Walcott out of England’s friendly against Brazil in November and yet again gives other players such as Lennon and Wright-Phillips an opportunity to press their claims for a World Cup place ahead of him. Fabio Capello must also be wondering whether Walcott will ever be fully fit, but is he worth sticking with just because of the talent that he possesses?
The fact that Walcott has is suffering from various different injuries rather than one recurrent problem, like Woodgate for example, should allay people’s fears that he is prone to injury. But if his bad luck continues, will people begin to think that his career will forever be hampered by injury and become another talented England player lost to injury?