Arsenal Injury Update: Wilshere, Sagna, Frimpong & More…
The Arsenal squad get back to Premier League action this weekend and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of Saturday’s clash with Southampton
The Arsenal squad get back to Premier League action this weekend after a two week international break and manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update ahead of Saturday’s clash with Southampton.
First up was news on Abou Diaby after the midfielder picked up a minor muscular problem while away with France. Wenger rates him at just 50-50 to play this weekend and hints he wont take a risk with the injury-prone 26-year-old due to the number of important games coming up.
Lukas Fabianski also came back from international duty with an injury, and a shoulder complaint has ruled him out of the Southampton game. But there is better news on Wojciech Szczesny with the Pole fit again after missing the last two games with a back injury.
Theo Walcott will be assessed after being struck down with a virus while Emmanuel Frimpong is set to return to full training next week after a long lay-off.
Jack Wilshere is also closing in on a full return to training with Wenger now describing him as ‘short-term’. So we should see Jack back in training within the next two weeks and in contention for a return to the pitch in early October.
Bacary Sagna is also only around two weeks away from a return to action while Tomas Rosicky is a further week behind the Frenchman. Here is what Arsene told Arsenal.com:
on Abou Diaby…
He will have a test on Friday morning and we will go from there. At the moment he is 50:50. It is a small muscular problem that is very minor. But of course we are in the situation that, because we play so many games now, should we take a gamble or not with him? We are playing on Saturday, on Tuesday and then we go to Manchester City.
on the goalkeepers…
Lukasz Fabianski is out with a shoulder problem. He has come back from Poland with a shoulder problem and Wojciech is perfectly fit and ready. He will be in the squad.
on any other injuries…
There are none from the international games. The only problem we have at the moment is that Theo Walcott is in bed with a virus. He missed the England game with a virus. He should be back today, so we will have to see how well he has recovered from that.
on Emmanuel Frimpong…
He is very close. He joins the squad again next week for complete, normal training. It is very good news because he is really fit and ready. He has worked very hard and we are amazed how good he looks at the moment.
on long-term absentees….
Wilshere is not far away. Sagna is not far away. At the moment the injured players look like they are recovering well. The main injuries are Frimpong who is recovering well, Wilshere is short-term, Sagna around two weeks and Rosicky around two to three weeks.
So we’re getting closer and closer to having a fully fit squad and the return of Wilshere and Sagna in particular will be huge boosts to the first team.
Are you excited to see Wilshere and Sagna back? How do you think Jack will fit in to our new-look midfield? Get involved in the comments section.
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