Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will once again miss the World Cup due to an injury, but the player is staying positive as he continues his rehabilitation from the cruciate ligament injury that he suffered back in January. Walcott suffered this injury while playing for the gunners in the win over Tottenham. This came in the FA Cup, which now seems to offer Arsenal a great opportunity to lift the title this season. The severe injury has also ruled Walcott out of contention for the World Cup 2014.

Even though was part of the England squad at the 2006 World Cup, he remains one of the few star names to have never appeared in the competition. He was left out by Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup due to poor form, but after having ended up as Arsenal’s top scorer last season, Walcott was set to be an integral part of the squad this time around. At 26 years of age, he is also at the prime of his career to make a big impact on the world stage. Now, he has to wait for another four years before getting an opportunity to take part in this prestigious event.

Walcott, though, is now targeting returning to Arsenal’s pre-season and starting next campaign in a good shape.

“It’s coming along well. It’s a long, tedious treatment. I’m not looking to put months on it and I’ll keep working week by week. I’m hopeful that I will be involved for some part of pre-season. At the start, it was difficult to hear the news of what had happened [with the injury]. It hit me quite a lot, but you just need to get on with it, life is too short. I’m still young, my time will come,” said the 26-year-old ahead of the season conclusion.