Arsenal's Theo Walcott limps off for England in qualifier

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Hot on the heels of Tomas Rosicky being injured for the Czech Republic, Arsenal have suffered another potential injury blow.

In England's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, speedster Theo Walcott was scythed down from behind and had to be helped off the field by medical staff in the 62nd minute.

The challenge was described by ITV's Andy Townsend as 'a nasty one, a cynical looking tackle, out of order'

England immediately sent Ashley Young to warm up and while the Arsenal man rejoined the game for two minutes he was clearly limping, with Young replacing Jack Wilshere instead.

Walcott was able to continue for a further 25 minutes, running with the ball but lacked the eye for a crucial pass in the final third, and was taken off in the 86th minute.

The fact he was able to return suggests the injury may not have been too serious, but even as Walcott left the field to be replaced by Tom Cleverley in the 86th minute.

Walcott certainly played his part in England's 0-0 draw, which leaves the Three Lions top of the group with two games remaining.

But the question is at what cost? If the game was not an important one then Walcott would likely have been taken off straight away, but played through the pain and has risked aggravating the injury on his ankle.

If there is damage it may become clear in the coming days, and this could be one to watch heading into the weekend.

Will Walcott be ok, or do you think it could develop into something more serious?

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