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Wenger: Theo Walcott to miss United match

The injury doesn't appear too severe, but it's enough to keep the recently-returned winger out of this weekend's squad

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed during his press conference today that Theo Walcott has a "tight groin" injury that he apparently picked up while away on England duty. As a result, this latest setback will prevent him from being selected for tomorrow's crucial league match versus fellow top-four rivals Manchester United:

On Walcott's chances of playing against the Red Devils, Wenger said:

"Theo could not practice yesterday. "I don’t think he will be available for tomorrow."  When asked if it was related to his previous knee problem, the Frenchman added: "No, it’s a tight groin."

From all indications, it doesn't appear to be an injury that will keep Walcott sidelined for an extended period of time, but it's nonetheless discouraging at best. He's featured in two substitute appearances since coming back from a knee injury suffered versus Tottenham this past January, and Wenger was extremely-supportive of Walcott's latest England national team inclusion in order to continue getting him as match-ready as possible.

More updates will come in the next few days regarding his return back to the squad. Let's all hope, for sanity's sake, that it's a quick spell on the sidelines.