Originally written January 07, 2014 on Fox Soccer:
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The news of the severity of Theo Walcott's injury came as a dreadful shock. As he left the field on a stretcher during Arsenal 's FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, he responded to missiles thrown Tottenham fans by showing them the score with his fingers: 2-0 . That was not the gesture of a man who had just ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament. Nobody at that moment had any inkling that he might be out for any more than a couple of weeks. Nobody dreamt that he would be out for the season, that one slightly awkward challenge could have ended his hopes of going to the World Cup . Walcott was an oddity of the 2006 tournament, selected at 17 by Sven-Goran Eriksson, who later admitted he had never seen him play, and then didn't give him a single minute of action during the tournament. Fabio Capello didn't pick him four years later and now he won't be going to Brazil. Walcott is still young enough to dream of 2018 and 2022 but the possibility has jus...
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