Campbell still 'two to three weeks' away from fitness

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And there are already doubts whether the Arsenal centre-back, who also misses tomorrow's Community Shield against Chelsea, will be ready for England's World Cup qualifiers next month.

Campbell, who was plagued by injuries last season, is still recovering from a calf problem.

Wenger has described the 30-year-old defender as "not really injured, but not ready to play", while indicating that it would take "two to three weeks" for him to regain full fitness.

That definitely rules him out of tomorrow's game, as well as Arsenal's opening Premiership match against Newcastle, he is also a doubt for the game against Chelsea on 21 August.

Sven Goran Eriksson, who is set to be without Campbell in Copenhagen on 17 August, may have to consider whether to select him for the squad to face Wales on 3 September in Cardiff and Northern Ireland four days later in Belfast.

Wenger added: "I'm confident that Sol Campbell will not have a season like he did last year, but nobody knows how many games he will play this season."

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