Arsenal have received a major boost ahead if their FA Cup clash against Burnley this coming Saturday as midfielder Francis Coquelin is back from injury and available to feature in their next fixture. Coquelin has completed two weeks of training after being sidelined with knee injury since November.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the defensive midfielder has been back in training for the past two weeks and confirms he could now play against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
“Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training.” Wenger told club’s official website.
Coquelin’s return is a major boost for the Gunners, who are currently looking to get top of the Premier League table as they nourish their hope of winning the title this season.
The Frenchman picked up his injury during the 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on November 21 and was expected to be out of action for nearly three months, hence his return is well ahead schedule.
Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are also preparing for first team football after returning from injuries.
Rosicky is ready to feature in his first competitive fame if the season, after completing 45 minutes with the Gunners reserves (under-21s) last week. Rosicky has not featured in any competitive game since a European Championship qualifier for Czech Republic in June and undergoing a knee surgery in August.
Welbeck is also back in training after being remaining in the sidelines by knee injury since April. The 25-year-old England international remained on the sidelines for a pretty long time after his recovery has taken longer than expected.
Speaking about the England international’s injury, Wenger said: “Danny Welbeck is not completely ready but he is not far. He needs a game or two because he’s been out since last April.
“The Stoke [under-21] game is too soon because he only had one session with the team, and that is too short.”
Mikel Arteta and Alexis Sanchez made their returns from injury this month and are available to feature in the Gunners squad. Santi Carzola and Jack Wilshere remain unavailable but they are edging ever closer to full match fitness, according to Wenger.
The Frenchman said: “[Per] Mertesacker is out because of the red card, and everybody else is available, apart from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
“After that it is just a question of selection and decision-making, that is the key. Tomas is also available for selection. Jack and Santi are progressing well but they are at least a few weeks away,” the manager added.