Following fears that Tomas Rosicky would be out for while as a result of the muscle injury he suffered during the international break, there are now indications that he would be fit to play a part in the Premier League match against Hull City this weekend.
The 34 year old spoke about his inability to run and move freely which prevented his participation in Czech Republic’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan.
However, despite these fears, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he would be part of the squad on Saturday
“Rosicky came back with a kick on the calf. He’s supposed to practice today. He didn’t play the second international game because of that but he should be available for Saturday.”
His availability is another piece of good news on the injury front for Arsenal, and it increases the attacking options available to Arsene Wenger in the coming games. Although, the Czech captain has featured sparingly this season, with just six appearances to date, with one start against Southampton in the Capital One Cup. He remains an important player in the squad because of his experience being the oldest player by age in the current Arsenal squad.
The former Sparta Prague and Borussia Dortmund midfielder is not the only piece of good news on the injury front for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger gave a rather positive injury update that would see Arsenal with some key players by next weekend. Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry have since returned to full training, and the former is expected to play his first match in nine months when he takes to the field against Blackburn in an Under-21 match on Friday.
In the same vain, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey who missed the last two matches with calf and hamstring injuries respectively before the international break, are expected back to the squad. Mikel Arteta returns for the Hull City match, while Aaron Ramsey is expected to return to training on Monday, and would be part of the squad against Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek.
Besides that, Oliver Giroud is ahead of schedule is his rehabilitation from his broken tibia, and could return before the New Year.
The positive news on the injury front is however restricted to the midfield and attack. The defence still has Laurent Koscielny struggling with his Achilles, while Mathieu Debuchy remains a long term absentee.
However, Tomas Rosicky’s availability increases the option for squad rotation in the coming matches.