Arsenal have been handed an injury boost ahead of their game against Huddersfield on Wednesday (29 November) after Theo Walcott returned to training after a fortnight on the side lines through illness.

The 28-year-old missed the Gunners' last three games, which included the north London derby and the loss to Cologne in the Europa League. He was also absent for Arsenal's last minute win over Burnley on Sunday (26 November).

Arsene Wenger was unsure of his participation for the midweek game, but is certain that he will be available for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday (2 December). According to the London Evening Standard, Walcott returned to training at the start of the week, but it remains to be seen if he will be included in the matchday squad by the French coach.

The England international is unlikely to make it to the starting XI for the clash against the Terriers as he has only been used from the bench in the Premier League. Walcott's main involvement has been in the Europa League and EFL Cup with his league appearances restricted to 46 minutes thus far this campaign.

Walcott, who is Arsenal's longest-serving first-team player, was linked with a move away from the club in January, but Wenger is keen to retain the Englishman and believes that his chance will arrive. But he is currently not high in the pecking order with Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere all vying for a place behind the main striker, a role being occupied by Alexandre Lacazette in the league and Olivier Giroud in the cup competitions.

Ozil, meanwhile, is going to be absent for Arsenal's clash against Huddersfield after coming down with an illness ahead of their game against Burnley. The German midfielder is likely to be given the week off to recover before returning for the visit of the 20-time English league champions on Saturday.

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Theo Walcott returned to training after missing Arsenal's last three games Getty