Theo Walcott says he’s out of a leg brace and off crutches as he continues his rehabilitation from the cruciate ligament injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Trying to remain positive about his rehabilitation, despite the fact he is missing the Premier League climax and a World Cup in Brazil, the attacker said he’s currently focusing on the short-term and the prospect of becoming a father for the first time.
“The last two days have been good days, getting out of the brace and off the crutches,” Walcott told the Telegraph.
“I have been able to walk a bit easier. It has taken me a while to get the walking right, but it is nearly there.
“At the moment, I am taking it week by week and trying to hit targets. I can’t do much yet. I just walk in the swimming pool, getting the extension right. Extension in this injury is very important. Otherwise, I am trying to build muscle and become an absolute tank.
“There’s the baby due in May. In the space of a year, I have had three very big things happen – marriage, baby on the way and a major injury.
“My main concern is getting fit and playing well for Arsenal. I’ll obviously be supporting the [England] guys in the summer but my main concern will be my family, of course.”
The attacker also made clear he has no regrets about his taunting of Sp*rs fans when he was stretchered from the Emirates turf during the Gunners 2-0 FA Cup victory.
“Me and Tottenham, you always do that banter,” he told the Mirror. “They do it to me, I do it to them. It’s just a bit of fun really.
“I have seen some Tottenham fans since then and they have said if it was one of our players [making the scoreline gesture] I would have loved it. It’s all a bit of fun, that’s all it was.
“The stretcher guys were both Spurs fans and they actually said: ‘Theo can you stop now?’ I did stop eventually. I’ll buy them some cupcakes or something! As soon as I got to the Arsenal fans and they were throwing scarves. I stopped, yeah.”