Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed fears that Theo Walcott's promising career could succumb to injury.
The 20-year-old England forward has started just five games for the Gunners this season after struggling with back, knee, hamstring and rib problems.
But after returning to action in recent weeks, Wenger has full confidence in his ability to make an impact this season.
Walcott will be part of the squad that travels to Chelsea on Sunday for a game that will make or break Arsenal's flagging Premier League title challenge.
"I am not worried about Walcott," Wenger told the club's official website.
"What you can't expect from Walcott at the moment is what he cannot give you.
"He needs some time to play and come back to full fitness. He has only played a few games this season.
"If he stays injury-free now, he will have a good end of season. But at the moment he is not completely himself."