World Cup - Walcott out of England qualifiers

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino on Friday and Montenegro next week after picking up a groin and hip injury in training.

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Theo Walcott and Roy Hodgson of England

"(Walcott) sustained the problem in training with the national team on Thursday and will fly back on Saturday to be assessed by the club's medical staff," Arsenal's website said.

Earlier media reports indicated the 24-year-old was likely to be out for seven to 10 days, making him doubtful for Arsenal's Premier League game against relegation-threatened Reading at the Emirates stadium on March 30.

England are second in a tight Group H, two points behind leaders Montenegro and three ahead of Poland who have a game in hand.

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