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Wenger offers injury update on Wilshere, Rambo, Cech, Cazorla & more
It’s been another hectic day of team and injury news at Arsenal HQ so I thought I’d bring you a round-up off all the latest updates from Arsene Wenger…
The boss gave his team news to Arsenal.com ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Watford and he confirmed that Wilshere and Rosicky are both back in full training.
Jack is yet to feature this season due to a fractured fibula that he sustained in pre-season but he’s now finally closing-in on making his first team return – although Arsene did say he hasn’t decided whether the midfielder will play for the U21′s next week just yet.
Rosicky has endured another injury-plagued campaign and picked up a thigh injury just minutes into his first appearance of the season last month having missed the first seven months of the season with a knee problem.
However, like Wilshere, Rosicky is also back in full training and working on his match fitness before trying to force his way into Wenger’s squad during the closing stages of the season.
Arsene also revealed that Cech is training again after recovering from a calf injury but the goalkeeper will face a late fitness test to see if he’s ready to face Watford on Saturday. If he’s ruled out, then Ospina will keep his place between the sticks.
There was also good news regarding Ramsey with the boss confirming that the midfielder should make his comeback from a thigh injury against West Ham next weekend while Flamini could also be in contention for the trip to Upton Park after overcoming a hamstring problem.
However, Cazorla is still at least three weeks away from making his return following a serious knee injury which he suffered back in November while Oxlade-Chamberlain is said to be ‘progressing well’ in his recovery from a knee injury.
Arsene told the clubs website:
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.
on Aaron Ramsey…
Ramsey will not be available for this weekend, but hopefully next weekend.
on Santi Cazorla…
Santi Cazorla is running again outside so it should be three to four weeks more training for Santi.
on Mathieu Flamini…
Flamini is short for this weekend but could be available next weekend.
on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain…
Oxlade-Chamberlain is progressing well.
So it looks like our injury woes are finally easing and we should have several players back within the next few weeks – unfortunately their returns are likely to come too late to help us lift the title this season.