Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest update as regards the team’s injury state.
For the first time in God knows when, it’s all good news for the fans and definitely one that will keep the fans hope alive.
The English Premier League is approaching a stage when the men will be separated from the boys. A time when push really turns to shove, and it remains to be seen whether the likes of Leicester and Tottenham, who find themselves in the top four, will remain in that spot till the end of the season.
And that is what makes the return of the injured Arsenal players more interesting. Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin are certain to be back in few weeks time while Santi Cazorla will return latest by March.
Speaking via the club’s official website, the manager had this to say.
The doubt is that he has been out for a long time and [there is] the risk of a setback if you try to go too early. To be clear on all the tests is one thing, after he is clear on training is another thing, and after that the intensity of a big game which you can never repeat in a training session. You can make sure after a certain amount of time that the risk is minimal. I am cautious with him because we cannot afford a setback with him. A setback would mean a very long period out so we don’t want to take this gamble. The signs he has shown in training this week are positive.
on Coquelin, Welbeck and Rosicky…
Coquelin is back in full training today and he is ahead of schedule. He has still a few steps to go through. Welbeck will be in full training next week so that is positive news. It is possible Rosicky will play in the under-21 game [on Friday]. He was a bit sick at the beginning of the week but we planned for him to play tomorrow night. We have a few players coming back because we go into a very important period now for us.