Arsene Wenger has given his latest update on Arsenal’s injury concerns ahead of their trip to face Swansea on Sunday in the Premier League.
Captain Mikel Arteta has been ruled out with a short-term injury after suffering a grade one hamstring strain in the 3-3 draw with Anderlecht. Arteta will miss the match in Wales, although the return of Jack Wilshere will ease concerns in the Gunners midfield.
Wilshere suffered a blow to the knee that ruled him out of last week’s 3-0 win against Burnley, and he was absent for the Champions League match in midweek after suffering from a virus, but Wenger confirmed that the England international – who had been in good form up until his injury – will be part of the squad for Sunday’s match.
See Arsenal's latest injury list below...
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
“Arteta will be out for Sunday,” Wenger told arsenal.co.uk. “He has a mild hamstring strain and he will be out for a short period because it's a grade one. He should be back after the internationals.
“Jack is alright, he is back in the squad for Sunday.”
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In terms of the long-term injuries that Wenger is assessing, Olivier Giroud are likely to be the first ones back as the two Frenchman near a return to training.
“Giroud joins in training next week,” Wenger added. “Laurent Koscielny has a little chance to be back after the international break.”
However, the Gunners still have a number of injuries to first-team players who will not return until closer to Christmas at the earlier.
“Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Mesut Özil are progressing very well, but of course they are not available before or straight after the international break.”
Özil’s recovery timescale is somewhat unknown at present, although the World Cup winner has been keeping fans updated with his rehabilitation by posting pictures of himself working in the gym.
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