Theo Walcott is an injury doubt for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday after he took a knock in England training.
The Gunners star could not finish the session after getting a kick to his ankle. He was training with a depleted group of senior England players that had been bolstered by under-21s.
Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker, James Milner and Glen Johnson were the only players who trained yesterday, so Luke Garbutt, Eric Dier, Tom Thorpe, Jesse Lingard, Tom Carroll, Michael Keane and Todd Kane were drafted in to make up the numbers.
It hasn’t been confirmed who delivered the blow that injured Walcott, but the finger of suspicion will point towards over-eager youngsters keen to impress.
Despite Walcott limping out of training, England manager Roy Hodgson reassured fans that he should still be available.
He said: “Theo took a slight knock at the end of training, but we believe he’ll be okay. He’s very much still in contention.”