Theo Walcott

Arsenal’s England international Theo Walcott is to undergo surgery for a major knee injury and will be out of action for at least six months, meaning that he will miss next summer’s World Cup in Brazil reports Sky Sport.

The Arsenal forward suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup third round last Saturday.

Walcott twisted his knee late on in the game, and at first it was thought not to be that serious as he managed to taunt the Tottenham fans by showing them two fingers to rub in their defeat.

The F.A. decided to take no action over the gesture with Walcott, but he will be sadly missed by England coach Roy Hodgeson as the “Three Lions” travel to South America for the finals.

The Gunners confirmed on their website: “Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible.”

“What a really big injury this is for Arsenal and England. I’m sure Theo would have been a starter for England in Brazil. It must be a massive blow for himself.”