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Ramsey a doubt for City, Walcott close

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RAMSEY-PALACELONDON, England, September 10- Aaron Ramsey limped off during Wales’ narrow Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Andorra and could be now be a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City while winger Theo Walcott reveals it will be “only a matter of weeks” before he is makes his return from a knee ligament injury that has sidelined him since last January.

After turning smartly on the ball, Ramsey appeared to be caught on the back of his Achilles by a defender. The 23-year-old was brought off by manager Chris Coleman in added time and Arsenal fans will have been worried by the sight of Ramsey’s limping departure.

He was later seen getting his right foot strapped by the physio and also had ice-pack treatment.

Ramsey, who suffered an injury-hit campaign last year, has enjoyed a fine start to Arsenal’s new season.

“He got a kick and there was a twist in his ankle,” Coleman said. “It was coming to the end of the game and it was pointless taking a risk with him.
“Hopefully he’ll be OK for Arsenal at the weekend but we’ll have to see what the next 24 to 48 hours hold.”

Meanwhile, some reports had suggested Walcott was targeting this weekend’s Premier League clash against Manchester City to make a comeback, but those rumours were dismissed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger two weeks ago and the 25-year-old England winger admits he is still some way off a first team return.

“We’re not setting specific comeback matches, but I’m just pleased it’s hopefully now only a matter of weeks before I’ll be back playing,” Walcott told the Arsenal website.

“There may be one or two under-21s matches I’ll be involved in first. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing again.

Theo Walcott celebrates after doubling Arsenal’s lead against Cardiff.The return of Theo Walcott in upcoming weeks, combined with the additions of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal, should add up to a potent attack.

-Life is good-

“Life’s very good actually. I know it’s a bit different to say that, and of course injuries always get people down, but the way I look at it, is you can’t change the fact that you’re injured.”

Walcott said he’s poured his energy into rehab and is concentrating on the future, adding that the downtime had a silver lining in that he was able to spend more time with his family.

“The time has seemed to fly by and there have been other things going on in my life, like a new baby boy, which makes time go quickly. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.

“I knew how long the rehab would be, it was always going to be around nine months, but I approached it that I had to enjoy it, and that’s what I have done. It’s given me the opportunity to work on my legs and build up the muscle strength. If anything, I hope to come back stronger and quicker.”

Walcott is relishing the chance to link up with summer signings Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, in what he is predicting will be a dynamic forward line.

“I hope we’ll have the fastest forward line in the Premier League,” he went on to tell the Daily Mirror.

“What we can do is build on from the FA Cup and attract these great players to the club. It will hopefully put Arsenal where we should be: winning trophies.

“These players are very, very fast. They will fit the bill perfectly. Alexis has settled in very quickly and Danny is a good guy. I have worked with him with England. Danny is a hard worker. He always puts his heart on the line.

“When you see the amount of money that has been spent. It’s a massive buzz around the club. It has been well documented over the years that we haven’t spent as much, but Arsenal are doing it the right way and spending it wisely.”

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