Theo Walcott was admitted to hospital during Friday night’s clash with San Marino. The England winger collided with goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini during England’s 5-0 World cup qualifying win at Wembley stadium. The winger was suspected to have suffered broken ribs after coughing up blood on the pitch.
Speaking to reporters, Hodgson said, “I think if I were to describe it was reckless I would be being kind. It was a very fierce challenge.’
“I don’t believe for one minute there was any malice in it when he went for the ball (but) irrespective of that it was a very bad challenge and its put Walcott in hospital we have to wait now and find out the extent of his injury.’
“And really and truly when your goalkeeper does that, I think you are very lucky to a) have him still on the field, and b) not have a penalty given against him.’
“Theo will now be in hospital overnight. It’s a chest injury, and obviously didn’t look too good but until such time as they’ve x-rayed it and scanned it we really don’t know.”
Walcott will be assessed further ahead of Tuesday’s game with Poland but from an Arsenal perspective, it will dampen our injury list should Walcott’s injury stretch over time. However, during a post match interview with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the winger stated that Theo Walcott was fine and that injury wasn’t too serious. Of course, this is the nature of international breaks. How easily does a season hinge on the fate of players playing for their national teams? From an Arsenal view point we can now only hope that Walcott is to be the only incident of concern until the international break ends.
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