Ramsey ready for FA Cup return

Aaron Ramsey could start his first Arsenal match in 11 months tonight in the FA Cup at Elland Road. Ramsey has only played for Nottingham Forest on loan since breaking his leg at Stoke City last season, but he is back at Arsenal and in line to face Leeds.

"We have of course Ramsey available again," Arsène Wenger, the club's manager, told Arsenal TV Online, of his 20-year-old midfielder. Ramsey suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium on 27 February last season. After nine months of recovery, he returned to competitive football with a substitute appearance for Nottingham Forest at Leicester City on 29 November. After that he made two more substitute appearances and two starts for Forest in the Championship, completing all 90 minutes at Ipswich Town on 3 January.

He then returned to Arsenal and was an unused substitute for the initial FA Cup third-round tie with Leeds United, which was drawn 1-1. He was on the bench again for the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Portman Road but did not come on, as Arsenal lost the tie 1-0.

Ramsey could be one of a number of players brought into the side who did not start in Arsenal's 3-0 win at West Ham United on Saturday. Wenger said that there will be "a few changes" owing to the busy January schedule. Abou Diaby, who is "not far away", will not return but should be back after the second leg with Ipswich next week. Lukasz Fabianski is still injured so Wojciech Szczesny will continue in goal.

Sébastien Squillaci is also injured, but "could be available in two weeks", according to Wenger. That news, as well as the continued absence of Thomas Vermaelen, may force Wenger into recruiting a new centre-back. He is considering a move for Matthew Upson, with Christopher Samba and Richard Dunne alternative options. Wenger, however, said that he is still undecided. He said that the search "is still nowhere". When asked whether he would make a long or short-term signing, he said: "I cannot tell you that at the moment because it has to click in my head and nothing happened yet."

Robin van Persie has insisted that Arsenal must improve against Leeds, but that if they do they have a chance of progressing in the competition they last won in 2005. "Those two cup games [against Leeds and Ipswich] were not good enough," Van Persie said, "but against West Ham, everyone played really well and was fighting for each other. This game is vital because we have a big chance. If we win against Leeds, then after that it will be a game against a lower league side again. I have looked at the draw, there are a lot of other Premier League teams playing each other, so lots of teams will go out, which means we have big chances to go further. We have the squad to go further because 90 per cent of the squad are fit now and we can rotate."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before