Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful Theo Walcott will play some part in their Premier League match against Hull on Saturday week after he returned to full training.

The 25-year-old has been out for nine months since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the FA Cup victory over Tottenham in January. While most of Arsenal's squad are on international duty, the England winger has stepped up his recovery as he looks to complete the final stages of his rehabilitation.

Walcott could be among the substitutes against Hull but Mesut Ozil will be assessed by Arsenal today after Germany doctors ruled him out for three months with a knee injury.

Chelsea Belgium coach Marc Wilmots will start Simon Mignolet in goal against Andorra tomorrow but will probably return to playing Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois against Bosnia on Monday.

Courtois joined up with the national team only today having remained in London due to the mild concussion he suffered after colliding with Alexis Sanchez during the victory over Arsenal on Sunday. While Chelsea gave him the all-clear after hospital tests, he has stayed longer in London than Wilmots expected as a precaution.

Courtois rested on Monday, did some basic exercises on Tuesday and underwent a light training session at Chelsea's training ground yesterday.

Crystal Palace Joel Ward has not given up hope of playing for England. The Palace defender was overlooked by Roy Hodgson for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia despite the national team's right-back shortage.

But the 24-year-old said: "As long as I am playing football, I will never stop dreaming of that. It would be amazing."

Palace face Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday week and Ward believes Neil Warnock's side can upset the Premier League leaders.

He said: "They are world-class players but it is 11 v 11 and there is no reason why we can't stop and frustrate them. …

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