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Wenger does not blame FA over Walcott injury

Friday, November 21, 2008

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger rued the injury of Theo Walcott but refused to point the finger at the FA for the training-ground accident.

The 19-year-old dislocated his right shoulder in a training session in Berlin on Tuesday while on international duty with England.

Wenger has confirmed that Walcott will be sidelined for at least three months after he underwent surgery on Thursday morning.

However, Wenger insists he does not blame the FA for the loss of his player but has questioned the timing of the friendly with Germany.

The Frenchman said on Sky Sports News: "He has a dislocated shoulder and he had surgery today.

"He will be out for three months. I am disappointed because he is an important player.

"But that could have happened in training here and we have to accept it as an accident. It could have happened anywhere.

"I do not blame the FA for the injury. It was accidental in training. I accept it.

"I don't know (if Arsenal will seek compensation), I have not thought about that. In a moment like that you do not think about money, you think about how you can replace in the player in the squad.

"I have not thought at all about any compensation. The sad situation is that a friendly in mid-November before important fixtures is that many players pulled out.

"This friendly is very badly positioned. It will be very interesting for FIFA or UEFA to study those players that did not play last night and those that do play on Saturday, or Tuesday and Wednesday in the Champions League."

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