Rosicky will not return until March

Arsenal have ruled midfielder Tomas Rosicky out of action until March "at the earliest".

The Czech Republic international has been out with a damaged hamstring tendon since January and, after making a slower than expected recovery, underwent surgery on the problem in Germany a month ago.

He is due to report back to Arsenal later this month but manager Arsene Wenger admits it will be some time before the 27-year-old will be ready to play again.

Wenger told the club's official website, "He's doing rehab at the moment.

"He's back here on December 17 and then hopefully we can start to work with him. But it's a long-term prospect - maybe March at the earliest."

The Gunners have delivered more encouraging news on their other long-term absentee, Eduardo.

The Croatia star suffered a badly broken leg in a challenge from Birmingham's Martin Taylor in February.

Wenger said: "He will play on December 16 in the reserve team."