London - England forward Theo Walcott will miss this year's World Cup in
Brazil after being ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury,
his club, Arsenal, said on Monday.
Walcott suffered a ruptured
anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup
win at home to arch north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Arsenal statement said Walcott is "expected to be out for at least six
months, therefore missing the remainder of the (English) season and the
World Cup in Brazil in the summer".
The 24-year-old Walcott jarred his knee towards the end of the match making a tackle and was carried from the field.
Whilst on a stretcher, Walcott was pelted by coins and plastic bottles, among other objects, from the away end.
on Monday and before the extent of his injury was made public, the
Football Association (FA), the English game's governing body, said
Walcott would not face disciplinary action for making a '2-0' gesture
from his stretcher that appeared to be aimed at Spurs fans.
FA has contacted both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to seek their
observations in relation to objects being thrown from both a home and
away section of the crowd at different times during Saturday's FA Cup
third round tie.
"The FA condemns any such acts and will liaise
with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those
responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including
"Meanwhile, in relation to the same fixture, The FA
has contacted Arsenal's Theo Walcott and reminded him of his
responsibilities regarding a 'score-line' gesture he made in front of
away supporters during the game. The FA will not be taking any further