Here’s the latest injury news at the Arse:
Tomas Rosicky may be playing matches by Christmas says Wenger.
Tomas has been out with hamstring problems since January, and had surgery in May. He was training and expected to return sooner, but according to the Czech international coach he had suffered some ‘set-backs’.
Wenger told the press:
“The recovery process is slower than we expected at the start. It doesn’t look worrying but the delay is longer than expected.
“He had a re-attached tendon that was loose in his hamstring, and that demands a lot of time to re-coordinate the movements of the hamstring. That makes it very difficult to predict exactly one week more or less how much time it will take.
“But I am optimistic that before Christmas you will see him in a good shape.”
“Everything went well, according to the schedule. When I was running long distances, it [the hamstring] gave me no problems at all.
“But when I started on the ball and tried to change directions of running and changed pace, the knee reacted badly. So far it does not allow me to go on in the recovery so it has stopped my training for some time. I am not resting completely, though.
“I can lift weights and do other exercises. The knee simply must get down. It does not mean at all though that I have to end my career.
“Every such treatment can bring unexpected problems with it. That is what has happened now so my return will be delayed.”
So it sounds like there are still problems, but nothing which can’t be fixed. It would be great to see Rosicky get a good run of games and come into some form. He really adds a different dimesion to our game when he’s on the pitch.
Also Wenger says Eduardo is a little ahead of schedule in his recovery, he sounded optimistic, so we may see Eddy back sooner than was expected!
Nasri, Diaby and Silvestre are all still out too, but we have no new injuries, Wenger commented:
“For Diaby, I would say two more weeks [until he is fit], Silvestre and Nasri should be available for Hull [at Emirates Stadium on September 27].”
So if all goes to plan we should have something resembling a full squad in within the next week. But no-one will be back for Bolton away tomorrow, expect a few players to be rested for that game.