Theo Walcott will be sidelined for at least two weeks after being poleaxed by goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini during England’s 5-0 thrashing of San Marino at Wembley on Friday.

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As a result, the 23-year-old Arsenal winger will miss England’s next World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday.

To the undoubted fury of club manager Arsene Wenger and Gunners fans, but delight of Norwich fans, Walcott will also be unavailable for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with the Canaries on Saturday at Carrow Road and, according to the latest medical bulletins, he’s a doubt for the Champions League showdown with Schalke on Wednesday week.

Walcott has told friends the sixth-minute collision with Simoncini felt like being “hit by a bus”. Walcott’s condition deteriorated once he was back in the dressing-room and he was taken to hospital.

Walcott remained under observation on Saturday and underwent further chest scans “after coughing up blood”. It’s believed he has a bruised lung and is in pain when he takes a breath.

In England manager Roy Hodgson’s view Simoncini should have been sent off and the Three Lions awarded a penalty.

As it was, England had to wait until 35 minutes before they were finally given a penalty when Simoncini was at it again, this time upending Danny Welbeck. Wayne Rooney scored from the spot and the floodgates opened in the second half as England stormed to the top of Group H.

Meanwhile, Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand were also ruled out of qualifier with Poland yesterday.

The pair missed Friday’s win over San Marino but Hodgson was hoping they would be available for the crucial second game of the current double-header.

However, after reporting to England’s Watford training base yesterday afternoon, it has been decided neither player could feature.

“Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand have been ruled out of England’s Fifa World Cup qualifier with Poland,” read an England statement.

“Lampard (calf) and Bertrand (illness) did not take part in England’s 5-0 win over San Marino, and will not be ready for Tuesday’s game. Roy Hodgson and his squad of 23 travel to Warsaw on Monday morning.”

Lampard’s absence is a blow as it robs England of a huge amount of experience for such an important game. However, Hodgson was impressed by the performance of Michael Carrick on Friday and the Manchester United man would appear to be an automatic replacement.

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11 comments

  • That only leaves a few others to fill their boots at Goalsville. I hope we man-up a bit after the last 2 thumpings. Any news anywhere about OUR club? Eg, why wasn`t Butterfield in the last U21 match?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • "Golden days before they end ....... You won`t be seeing rainbows any more. It`s Over". Great 3 years though, wasn`t it? From Colchester debacle to beating Spurs @ WHL. Anyway, it`s NOT over until the fat lady sings. Dainty Delia must NOT step down in favour of matronly Monserrat Cabale. (spelling?). Unless the latter can make us play like Barcelona. Or Swansea ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Wonder if Mr Mcnally was listening to Judy Collins before appointing Chris Hughton and his backroom team

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Ah, Wiv, that`s got to be "Send in the Clowns". Slow today!! The Infamous One turned a sow`s ear into a silk purse. Unfortunately, that process could be reversible. Specially if the silk purse was a sow`s ear all along. Emperor`s clothes again? I try to keep the Faith. Let`s hope the coda for this season does not turn out to be Roy Orbison`s "It`s Over".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I like MB hope it is too early but if the next macth turns into another training day for another "big club" then may change my opinion

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • They have plenty of great replacements. with this clown in charge, i feel another thumping coming on.

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    lordyfan

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • EDP always splits my smiley faces €:-(>

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Manning-up required indeed. Also, tightening up in the defensive midfield and pushing forwards so we don't get the entire Arsenal team milling around outside our peanlty box looking for the chance of a pot-shot. I was surprised that Petr Cech didn't make an appearance in the attack in the last outing. He must have been the only one who didn't.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • lordyfan, while I share your frustration, isn`t a bit early to be calling the man in charge a clown? I am on record as a critic of some of the seemingly daft decisions that have been made, specially in regard to Vaughan & Ayala (loaning them out), Bunn & Turner (buying them), Chris Martin (keeping him), Strikers (not buying one, just helping Blackburn to do so).... Actually, you may be right! But I sincerely hope you`re not. What`s happened to BUTTERFIELD??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Should have been Hughton! Still not a clown though...

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    smalltownboy

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • I presume Wivenhoebudgie is not referring to Judy Collins' hit ''Amazing Grace'' but lets give Mr Houghton a bit of grace and see where we are after a few more games...

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    smalltownboy

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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