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Theo Walcott injured in training and will miss up to two weeks.

Michael Regan

Theo Walcott ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers with injury

Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England's World Cup double-header against San Marino and Montenegro with a groin strain, according to Press Association Sport.

Walcott suffered the injury in training on Thursday night and will fly back to England, where he will be assessed by his club Arsenal.

It is anticipated the winger will be sidelined for between seven and 10 days. It had been anticipated the 24-year-old would start tonight's encounter with San Marino. Instead, he will miss both that game, and Tuesday's crucial trip to Montenegro.

Walcott could also miss Arsenal's next game at home to Reading but will hope to return by the West Brom fixture on 6 April.

TW14 has been on a barren run of form recently, but with Reading the next opponent there was sure to be fantasy interest in him. However, injured, we may need to look elsewhere. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be an option, but after his goal against Swansea, Gervinho might get the nod.

Of course, Lukas Podolski could come back into the reckoning as well, depending on his own recovery.

#options