Arsenal's Theo Walcott expected to return to training in August

Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring an equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on December 14, 2013
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Arsene Wenger says that he expects Theo Walcott to return to training at the end of August following his lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he expects Theo Walcott to be back in training by the end of August.

The England international has been on the sidelines since January after suffering knee ligament damage, which required surgery.

As a result, the 25-year-old missed the Three Lions' World Cup campaign in Brazil, and is expected to be absent for the start of the Gunners' 2014-15 season.

"He's progressing very well," Wenger told the club's official website. "He's worked very hard during the summer and we expect him to be back in full training at the end of August.

"[It's] difficult to predict [when Walcott will return to the team]. Once he's back in full training it can be very quick. He has a good basis, which is what he's working on now."

Ahead of the new season, Arsenal have added to their ranks with the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.

Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring for Chile against England on November 15, 2013.
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