Footballers wish Walcott speedy recovery from injury

Former England striker Michael Owen - who ruptured his cruciate ligament during a 2006 World Cup match - wished Theo Walcott a "speedy recovery" from the same injury.

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Shocking news regarding Theo Walcott. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he returns next season as good as ever.

Walcott's Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey echoed Owen's sentiments:

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Gutted for Theo, he'll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate

England goalkeeper John Ruddy suggested Walcott's injury could present an international opportunity for his Norwich teammate Nathan Redmond.

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Gutted for Walcott missing the World Cup but what a chance for other players to step in! ( @nathanredmond22 )

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Injured Walcott set to miss World Cup

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