Walcott hoping for Old Trafford return

Theo Walcott is close to returning to full fitness, and could even be in contention for Sunday afternoon’s match against champions Manchester United, according to the Independent.

The England international hasn’t played since the 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League Group F opener six weeks ago, where he opened his account for the season with the first goal of the game.

Tomorrow evening’s trip to Borussia Dortmund will come too early for the 24 year old, though there is confidence that he will be available for the heavyweight clash at Old Trafford four days later.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere is also an injury doubt for the game at the Westfalenstadion with a decision to be made on whether his ankle injury is too much of a risk to take, the Daily Star understands.

The 21 year missed his first league game of the season on Sunday, as the Gunners’ tightened their grip on top spot in the Premier League with a fine 2-0 win over third place Liverpool.

Elsewhere, the club remain confident on securing a deal for 22 year old Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, and will reignite their interest when the transfer window reopens in January, the Express understands.

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