Wenger: Djourou and Denilson are back and Vermaelen to return in three weeks

Arsene Wenger, at his pre-match press conference, gave an injury update on the squad ahead of today’s game against Wolves.

Johan Djourou picked up an injury in the Newcastle game and there were rumors around that he was going to be out for some time. However, Wenger on Friday revealed that Djourou is fit and ready to play against Wolves as he passed a fitness test on Friday.

Wenger also revealed Denilson’s availability, as he missed the Newcastle game, and confirmed that the rest of the squad will be the same as it was last weekend.

Diaby and Rosicky, on the other hand, are not available as Rosicky has a groin injury, picked up on International duty, and Diaby is suspended.

Regarding Vermaelen, Wenger explained as to how his recovery is progressing well but it’s difficult to set a time for his return.

Nonetheless, Wenger gave a minimum three weeks time and added that when fit, Vermaelen will first play in the reserves to get his match fitness and then make a proper comeback to the first team.

Wenger, at his press conference, said:

“Yes, Djourou is fit. Diaby has a problem but anyway he is suspended. Denilson is available. Rosicky has a groin problem coming back from the Czech Republic so he is not involved but Denilson is coming back. The rest of the squad will be the same as Newcastle. Cesc and Van Persie will both be playing.

He is doing better and he is in the normal process of rehabilitation. When he will be fit again, I don’t know. It is very difficult to set any time on it. Something like three weeks.

When he [Vermaelen] is fit certainly we’ll play him in the Reserve team. [But] not before two or three weeks. You never know until he is completely fit to play again but we are hopeful [he is progressing well]. He feels he is over the problem but he played his last game in September and we are in February so it will take some time to come back to match fitness.”

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10 Responses to Wenger: Djourou and Denilson are back and Vermaelen to return in three weeks

  1. Edwin Edward says:

    It’s a gr8 news but howeva wenger is 2 stubborn 2 a fault we ought nt 2 av lost in ma opinion 2 newcastle had d stingy wenger bt a defender,i jst hope he’ll do a clear out wit rosicky,almunia,bendtner,arshavn,squillaci

  2. ADEGITE GBADEBO PRECIOUS says:

    IT A GUD NWS 4US BUT WENGER HAS 2B VRY CAREFUL FOR STARTING LINE PLAYERS.START D NORMAL SQUARD U USED AGAINST CHELSEA.

  3. olusanya femi says:

    Thank God JD is back.Any news concernin Alex song.

  4. AGIENDE says:

    Pls update me on Song & Nasri

  5. Agede muhammed Ali says:

    I only want to comment on the arsenal newcastle game,i mean can arsenal ever play a defensive game?

  6. sHo_sTeAL3R says:

    Just watched Soccer Saturday and have been hearing Paul Merson banging on about if George Graham was still in charge we would have never have conceeded four goals against NewCastle. Although I don’t doubt Merson is an arsenal fan it is obvious he has got a personal issue with Wenger for letting him go. Thanks to Charie Nicolas for stepping in and reminding everyone that if George Graham was still in charge – Arsenal wounldn’t have scored fours goals in the first place!

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