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Hodgson accepts injury blow for Arsenal ace won’t go down well with Wenger

England's Theo Walcott (left) is substituted off with an injury against San Marino. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA wire England's Theo Walcott (left) is substituted off with an injury against San Marino. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA wire

Sunday, October 14, 2012
12:28 AM

Theo Walcott was sent back to Arsenal today with manager Roy Hodgson admitting it is not going to make him very popular with Arsene Wenger.

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The FA have confirmed Walcott has been ruled out of Tuesday’s trip to Poland after being clattered by San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini at Wembley last night.

Hodgson labelled the challenge “brutal” and whilst the FA have confirmed Walcott has a chest injury, it will only be after his return to Arsenal that Wenger will discover if the winger is facing an extended period on the sidelines.

Wenger has never been a particular fan of the international game, it is not hard to imagine what his reaction will be to losing one of his players in a game many feel was pointless anyway.

And as the England boss acknowledged, it was an unhappy postscript to an otherwise decent evening.

“It was a particularly brutal challenge on Theo that has caused him quite a considerable injury,” said Hodgson.

“It’s never very satisfying as a national coach when a player who has been on international duty has to go back to his club with a serious injury.”

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