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Gunners ace Walcott suffers setback

SETBACK: Theo Walcott

ARSENAL'S THEO Walcott has suffered an injury setback in training and is expected to spend another two weeks on the sidelines. The England international has been struggling to regain full fitness following groin and stomach surgery.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Walcott will be absent from his plans for a UEFA Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, and the Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday and the Capital One Cup tie with Chelsea on October 29.

The injury comes a frustrating time for Walcott He has been forced to sit out England's final two 2014 World Cup qualifiers as a result, and will now miss crucial contests at club level.

Wenger said: "He had a setback on Thursday. He had to stop, to jog again. He is at least two weeks away now."

Walcott now faces a battle to regain his place in the Arsenal side, as they continue to top the Premier League table, and a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of England's friendly dates with Chile and Germany in November.

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