Thursday, November 20, 2008

Theo Walcott Seriously Injured

Theo Walcott dislocated his shoulder Tuesday training with the English National Team. 

Walcott is expected to miss up to 4 months recovering from the injury. 

Under the FA insurance policy for players on national team duty, Walcott's injury could allow for his club, Arsenal to collect 1.5 million pounds in damages (The deal allows for Arsenal to collect 50,000 for the first 2 weeks, and 100,000 each week after).

The FA is one of the only soccer federations that insure their players. 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger commented on the situation saying, "In a moment like that you do not think about money, you think about how you can replace the player, you think whether the squad can deal with that. I haven't thought at all about compensation."

Earlier this season Walcott was the youngest player in history to score a hat trick for England which he did in England's 4-1 victory over Croatia. 

Arsenal are currently in 4th place in the Premier League, 9 points behind leaders Chelsea and Liverpool and this injury will certainly hurt the squad.

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