Thomas Vermaelen has taken part in a full first team training session (pictures here) as Arsene Wenger prepares his squad for tomorrow night’s Carling Cup clash with Bolton at the Emirates.
The Belgian international has not featured for the Gunners since the second leg Champions League qualification game with Udinese exactly two months ago, but now appears on the cusp of a return to action.
Vermaelen underwent a small surgical procedure on his right Achilles at the beginning of September with a view to rectifying an issue which had troubled his left foot for much of the season before. The Belgian was restricted to just five appearances between August 2010 and May 2011 and has appeared only three times this term.
It remains to be seen whether the centre-back will be selected as part of the Gunners’ rotated squad for the visit of the Trotters, although with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny likely to be rested ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Chelsea there is a chance he could be included on the bench. Sebastien Squillaci (remember him?) and Ignasi ‘the hair’ Miquel are the other options available for selection.
TV5 seems pleased with his participation today. Here’s what he had to say on Twitter: “It s good to be out training with the boys again!”
(Picture courtesy of Arsenal.com)