Wednesday 13 December 2017

Walcott spurns surgeons' offers of a short-term World Cup fix

Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists who claim they can have him fit for the World Cup
Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists who claim they can have him fit for the World Cup

Matt Law

Theo Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists and surgeons who believe they can get him fit for the World Cup.

Less than 24 hours after news broke that Walcott would miss the World Cup after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the forward was approached by surgeons from all over the world. But Walcott has decided against any quick-fix operations in a desperate attempt to go to Brazil with England and will instead undergo a procedure that guarantees him the best and safest long-term results.

Walcott met his London-based surgeon, who went through all the options available to the 24-year-old ahead of his operation. He was informed there are methods of surgery that could potentially mean he can play again in three to four months, but that he would have to go elsewhere for that treatment.

The surgeon operating on Walcott said he was only happy to use the procedure which meant the Arsenal star had no chance of playing in the World Cup.

Walcott will undergo surgery that uses a patella tendon graft and is thought to offer the best long-term result after a gruelling period of rehabilitation. He does not want to gamble with his long-term fitness, and still believes he has enough time to play in a World Cup. He will be 29 for Russia 2018.

Using a synthetic tendon could have got Walcott back in time for this summer's World Cup, but there are significant risks if the body does not take to it. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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