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Arsenal handed triple boost as trio return to full training
Arsenal have been handed a triple injury boost with Arsene Wenger confirming that Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are all back in full first team training.
Cech has been on the sidelines since suffering a calf injury during our disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the start of this month.
The Czech international is now back in normal training but Wenger says it’s still too early to determine whether our No.1 will be available to face Watford on Saturday, with the boss hinting Cech might just miss out.
Wenger also confirmed newspaper reports from this mornings press that claimed Wilshere has returned to full training as he looks to finally overcome a fractured fibula that’s kept him on the sidelines for the entire season so far.
Rumours suggested that Jack was due to turn-out for the under-21’s against Newcastle next Friday, but Arsene insists he hasn’t made a decision yet as to whether Jack will play for the reserves next week.
There was further good news with the boss confirming that Rosicky is also back in full training after recovering from a thigh injury that he sustained against Burnley last month.
Rosicky came off the bench during the FA Cup match to make his first appearance of the season after struggling with a knee injury during the last seven months but he cruelly picked up an injury during his 15 cameo.
However, the 35-year-old is back in training and with his contract due to expire in June, Rosicky will be desperate to get himself fit and play in the famous Red & White again before the end of the season.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
on the latest team news…
Wilshere and Rosicky are back in full training. Basically they are all progressing well.
on whether Jack Wilshere will play for the under-21s…
Not yet, no, we have not decided that yet. It is his first week back in full training and we’ll see how he responds to that, but the first signs are quite good. We’ll assess our options next week.
on Petr Cech…
Cech is going back to normal training. It’s too early to say if he will be available for the weekend. He might be a bit short to be competitive.
If Cech isn’t passed fit to face Watford, then David Ospina will keep his place in goal after overcoming a minor back injury that he picked up against Everton two weeks ago.
It’s great to hear that Wilshere and Rosicky are back in full training – although I think it’s still going to be at least another three weeks before we see them in the first team as they’ll have to work on their match fitness.