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Arsenal Handed Huge Injury Boost + Duo Return To Training
Arsenal have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Sunderland with Alexis Sanchez in contention to make his comeback this weekend, according to the Telegraph.
Sanchez has been on the sidelines since picking up a hamstring injury during our 1-1 draw at Norwich City back in November and suffered a set-back in training as he attempted to make his comeback against Manchester City last month.
However, the Chilean international has been back in training and the Telegraph claim that the attacker could feature in our FA Cup third round clash against Sunderland at the Emirates this weekend.
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to risk Sanchez from the start but he could make an appearance in the second half in order to build up his match fitness ahead of our crucial Premier League tie at Liverpool next Wednesday.
There is also further positive news on the fitness of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky with the midfielders now back in training as they look to make their comebacks from serious injuries.
Arteta has been plagued by calf problems for well over a year while Rosicky is yet to feature this season after undergoing knee cartilage surgery in August after picking up the injury while away on international duty.
This weekend’s game is certainly too soon for the Czech international and it’s also unlikely that Arteta will be passed fit to play but it’s good to hear the duo are now on the comeback trail after frustrating seasons.
Saturday will see us start the defence of the FA Cup but the boss is likely to rest a number of his key players with the Telegraph reporting that the likes of Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have all had their workloads in training reduced this week.
With Arsenal sitting top of the table, the Premier League has to be the priority this season so few can argue if Wenger decides to field a weakened side against Sunderland this weekend.