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Walcott likely to miss World Cup with knee injury

Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch against Tottenham on Saturday. Credit: Empics

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of football for at least six months with a knee injury, his club has announced.

His ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) means that an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil in June is unlikely.

The injury requires reconstructive surgery and a long period of physiotherapy to rehabilitate the knee.

Former England Michael Owen striker ruptured his ACL while playing for his country at the 2006 World Cup against Sweden.

Walcott antagonises Spurs fans with 2-0 gesture

Theo Walcott's gesture was met with a furious reaction from fans of north London rivals Tottenham. Credit: ITV Sport

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott infuriated Tottenham fans by making a 2-0 gesture towards them as he was stretchered off the pitch towards the end of his side's FA Cup third round win.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky sealed the win for the home side.

Walcott was carried from the field after appearing to injure his knee during a challenge late in the game.

Watch video of the incident at ITV Football

Asked about the incident after the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "The doctors said to me the coins were raining over his head [from the away fans] and that is why."

Theo Walcott carried on a stretcher past vocal Spurs fans in the away end at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: Reuters

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Walcott unaware of match-fixing allegations

Theo Walcott told ITV News that he hadn't heard anything about a Europol claim that a Champions League match held in England had been fixed.

"It's a shame if it is found that way, but hopefully it's not," the Arsenal and England forward said.

"It's something that we don't want involved in the sport at all...it's something in the game that we need to get out."

Theo Walcott joins midwife campaign

England and Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott and his mother, a retired midwife, have joined the midwife campaign.

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott has signed the petition calling for more midwives Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Walcott said: "I have grown up knowing how important midwives are because my mum was a midwife for the NHS and also worked independently.

"She taught mums about healthy eating and giving babies the best start in life."

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