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Walcott to miss start of Premier League season

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Theo Walcott said his knee is "pretty much healed" © Getty Images
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Theo Walcott will miss the start of the new Premier League season but Arsene Wenger is confident the Arsenal forward will be back in full training by the end of August.

Walcott is continuing his recovery after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Arsenal's FA Cup clash with Tottenham in January, although he recently said it had "pretty much healed."

"We expect him to be back in full training at the end of August," Wenger said. "Theo has a good basis, which is what he's working on now."

"How long will it take him to get back in the team? That's difficult to predict. Once he's back in full training it can be very quick."

Walcott did not feature for the rest of last season and missed England's World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.

While he will face stiff competition from new signing Alexis Sanchez, Walcott recently admitted his excitement over the Chilean's arrival at the Emirates.

For now, though, he will have to settle for a place on the sidelines. Walcott was pictured with team-mate Jack Wilshere at Arsenal's training HQ earlier this week; Wilshere made an early return to pre-season training following the latest smoking furore which has surrounded the midfielder.

Arsenal's season begins with a Community Shield clash against Manchester City on August 10, before they host Crystal Palace in their first Premier League match six days later.

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