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Team News: Wenger confirms double boost but attacker suffers set-back
It’s been another busy day of team news and injury updates at Arsenal so I’ll bring you a round-up ahead of our clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger held his pre-match press conference earlier today and confirmed that Jack Wilshere is already back in training and well on course to returning to action inside four weeks.
Wilshere suffered yet another ankle injury just before the Community Shield and was initially expected to be out for up to eight weeks. However, this time-scale has been revised to a maximum of four weeks and with Jack already in training, he could return before the end of the month.
The Liverpool game next Monday will probably be too soon but the midfielder should be in with a shout of making the trip to Newcastle on the 29th.
There was also positive news on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez with Arsene confirming that he’s now considered fit and available for selection after getting another full weeks training under his belt.
I personally think it’s still a little too early for Sanchez to start as he’s only had around 10 days of his ‘pre-season’ training but we’ll have to see what the boss decides to do this weekend.
While the news on Wilshere and Sanchez was good, unfortunately there was a less positive update on Danny Welbeck with Arsene revealing that he’s set to be out for at least another three weeks.
Welbeck hasn’t been seen since injuring his knee back in April and it appears he’s no closer to making a recovery from this troublesome problem.
Here is what Wenger told the Express earlier:
“Jack is back in training although we thought at first it would six to eight weeks, now it could be three or four, so that is quite positive.
“I always bring him back when he says he’s ready and when fitness coaches say he has the right quantity of work behind him.
“Maybe when he was younger we overplayed him sometimes because he is such a good player but now we are quite cautious with him.”
“He’s [Sanchez] fit and had a good work-out during the week,”
“He [Welbeck] is not close because he has not started full training. It will be at least three weeks from today.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express
So the squad is looking relatively healthy with Wilshere and Sanchez on their way back, but the news on Welbeck is a little worrying. He needs to shift this knee injury soon and get back on the training field asap.