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Arsenal Set For Double Injury Boost Ahead Of FA Cup Semi Final
Arsenal are set to get a double injury boost ahead of our FA Cup semi final against Wigan with reports claiming the club are hopeful Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere will be available.
Arsene confirmed last week that Rambo will return to full training on Thursday and the Mirror suggest he has made ‘substantial progress’ in the last week as he continues to recover from a thigh injury. The Welshman will be put through his paces when he’s back training with the squad but the newspaper claims the club expect he’ll be fit in time to face Wigan on Saturday week.
It was always going to be touch and go but it will be a huge boost if the 23-year-old is available. The team has looked tired in recent games and we could certainly do with his energy and goal threat from midfield.
After a three month absence that’s included several set backs, I’m sure the clubs medical staff won’t take any unnecessary risks with Ramsey, so if he is back in the squad he needs to be 100% over this troublesome thigh injury.
The report also states that Jack Wilshere could make a shock return from his own injury. Jack suffered a fractured foot while playing for England at the start of March and was ruled out for at least six weeks. However, the Mirror claims that the 22-year-old is on course to make a quick recovery and Arsenal staff are hopeful he too will be able to take some part at Wembley on the 12th April.
I’m a little worried to hear this news as Jack is a fragile player who has endured several injury problems in recent years, so I’d be extremely cautious with rushing him back too soon.
Typically, Arsenal players seem to take longer than expected to recover from injuries, so it would be a huge surprise if Wilshere was able to be back playing ahead of schedule. Fingers crossed he makes good progress this week, but I’d still be majorly surprised if we saw him face Wigan.
As for our other injury victims, Laurent Koscielny has an outside chance of recovering from his calf injury to play in the semi final, but Mesut Ozil is still considered a major doubt with his hamstring strain. Theo Walcott is of course out for the season while Abou Diaby is set to return to training on Tuesday, but it’s going to take him a while to get back up to speed after a year out.