(Sporting Alert) — Theo Walcott is doubtful for Arsenal’s Championships League Group B clash with Schalke at Veltins Arena on Tuesday, with the club reporting that the forward has not been feeling well.
Walcott has been struggling to get a starting place in the league for Arsenal, despite impressing when coming off the bench.
The England international started on the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in league on Saturday before eventually coming on early in the second half.
He was expected to start for the injured Aaron Ramsey against Schalke.
However, Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger said his speedy attacker picked up a virus overnight Sunday and didn’t practice Monday.
“He has been sick overnight [and] didn’t practice today so we have to see how he is on Tuesday morning,” the boss said on Arsenal FC official website at www.arsenal.com.
Jack Wilshere, who was red carded during the Manchester United should start, Wenger said.
“I think I will play him,” the Frenchman said. “Then we have a block of three games and maybe the fact that he gets a period of recovering will be just right for him.
“He gets better in every game.”
Arsenal are without wingers Gervinho (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and defender Kieran Gibbs (thigh).
Arsenal (squad): Mannone, Shea, Sagna, Vermaelen, Arteta, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Wilshere, Giroud, Cazorla, Santos, Podolski, Walcott, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Chamakh.