Arsene Wenger’s injury news ahead of Tottenham, Bacary Sagna and Alex Song fit to start

April 20, 2011

Bacary Sagna is back in the Arsenal squad to face Tottenham today as Arsene Wenger gave positive injury news ahead of the North London Derby.

Arsene Wenger, while speaking to Arsenal TV Online on Tuesday, confirmed that Sagna has recovered from his injury and is back in the squad. The manager also revealed that Manuel Almunia and Denilson have recovered form their respective injuries and back in normal training but won’t be included in the squad.

On an update on Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger informed that he is working very hard in training to get back to competitiveness and it will be some time before he plays.

Alex Song, who made a substitute appearance against Liverpool,  has also completely recovered from his knee injury as Wenger said that he will be rotating players in midfield with everyone back. 

Arsene Wenger, on Tuesday, said:

“Basically on the injury news it is all going well. Sagna should be back in the squad and everybody else is alright. [Almunia and Denilson] will not be in the squad but they are available. Almunia is back in normal training, Denilson as well. It is more a question of decisions, of choice.

Thomas is still not competitive but he works very hard and we can give him a competitive edge in training because it takes a while. Thomas is a player who works very hard, he wants always to improve and he will get that from training.

There was a doubt about [Alex Song’s] knee but he should be alright to be available. He says he is now completely ready. We have now three midfielders – Wilshere played many games, Diaby and Song – so we will rotate a little bit from game to game.”


Update on Wojciech Szczesny’s finger injury as he works on his fitness

March 23, 2011

After getting good news on Djourou’s injury, Szczesny has also given us a boost after he revealed that he is in training despite being injured.

Speaking to Arsenal TV online, the young man revealed that he is daily working on his lower body in the gym and improving his distribution which is going to be useful for him and the team as he added there is plenty to do to keep him occupied.

Szczesny is disappointed that the injury came at a time when things were going well for him but added that the best way to deal with it is to move on and work hard, so that one can return stronger than ever.

Szczesny also confirmed that he will return to the squad in six weeks.  On his recovery, the keeper said that the tendon is ruptured which has to be kept in splint for 4 weeks after which it will be two weeks before he can join the squad.

Szczesny, on his recovery, said:

“I work in the gym everyday, working on my lower body and my distribution as well which will be very good for me. I’m not getting bored, I can still do a lot of stuff. There’s nothing you can do when it happens – you have to move on, work hard on your fitness and make sure you come back stronger than ever. It’s very hard, especially at a time when it was going well for me. We have got some big games coming up.

There’s not a lot of joint damage, the tendon is ruptured. So basically I have to keep my finger in a splint for four weeks and let the tendon heal. From then it will be a couple of weeks before I can be back in the squad.”


Arsene Wenger’s injury news ahead of Sunderland and Aaron Ramsey’s inclusion in the squad

March 4, 2011

Aaron Ramsey is in inline to be included in the Arsenal squad for the match against Sunderland this Saturday with Koscielny having a small chance to feature.

Speaking to Arsenal TV online on Thursday, Arsene Wenger admitted how there is a chance for Aaron to be included in the squad with him getting better every day as he praised the midfielder’s passing ability and ability to score goals and added that it will be good to have him back.

Meanwhile, the manager said that there have been no new injuries and added that how only Koscielny has a small possibility to make the Sunderland game with the Frenchman having a good chance for Barcelona.

Regarding Alex Song, the manager revealed that he isn’t available for Saturday and is also doubtful for Barcelona and added that his knee will be assessed on Monday.

Cesc Fabregas also has a possibility to feature against Barcelona as the manager said his injury is being assessed every day and as things are going, he has a good chance for Tuesday.

Ahead of the Sunderland game, Wenger said:

“There is a chance Aaron could be available in the squad for Saturday. It will be very good to have him back. He is getting better and better now. We know he has a great engine, has great passing ability and can score goals as well.
 
We did not lose anyone last night. There is a meager chance we could have Koscielny back for Sunderland. But he is the only one we can hope to have available. Koscielny has a good chance [for Barcelona] though. His hamstring is getting much better and he is not completely out for Sunderland yet.
 
However Alex Song is out on Saturday and he is doubtful for Barcelona. At the moment he has not practiced at all. He has this knee problem that gets better everyday. But we’ll assess it on Monday. As for Cesc, we go day-by-day. We assessed him today and he is positive about his injury. We feel he has a chance. I do not want to disappoint people so I say he has ‘a chance’, I strongly believe that.”


Wenger’s update on Vermaelen and Gibbs, Diaby and Fabianski are good to go against Chelsea

December 23, 2010

The postponement of the games over the weekend might have left many people fuming, but it has turned out to be a good mini break for us. Most of our injured players are back and better than before as Wenger revealed while speaking to Arsenal TV online.

Diaby, Fabianski, Fabregas and Van Persie are all good to go against Chelsea. Most of them would have been available for the Stoke match but an extra week would have certainly helped them to prepare better and get their fitness levels up.

“We have everybody back. We had them in the squad for Stoke – Diaby, Fabregas, Van Persie. Fabianski too.

They have had one more week to prepare for this game and build up their fitness. That will have helped them of course.”

Apart from them, the ones who have been involved twice a week for the past couple of months will also have benefitted from this postponement.

On the other hand Vermaelen, Gibbs and Almunia are still out injured and won’t be back over Christmas.

“So overall we miss only Vermaelen, Almunia and Kieran Gibbs now. They will not be back in the short–term – over Christmas – but everybody else is available.”

The timeline that Wenger gave on Gibbs is that he will be back by early January.

On Vermaelen’s return, Wenger said that he will be back by late January. At the moment the signs are good from Vermaelen as he needs to build his match fitness. It will take about four weeks to get him fully match fit. Wenger is, righfully, being cautious with him as he already has had a lot of setbacks.

“I would rather say late January. He is short on fitness and we have to build it up. That will take three to four weeks. He has started now and the signs are good. But I have been hit so many times with backlash that I am very cautious with Vermaelen.

“However Gibbs should be available at the beginning of January.”

So, if all goes well we will have the whole squad back by the end of January, provided there are no new injuries, and hopefully till then we will remain near the top and continue with our title charge.


Three return, more to follow and three things that I would like to see

October 15, 2010

With the game against Birmingham just round the corner, the news about some of the injured players returning has been pouring in. The latest is that Bendtner and Gibbs are back in squad and Walcott may also be included. Fabregas, who was making good progress and declared himself fit during the international break, is not available. Most of the other players out will be back in 10 days time.

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