Bacary Sagna may make his Arsenal comeback for the U21s on Monday evening.
The French international hasn’t played since having his leg broken against Norwich late last season, and Arsene Wenger says the U21s game against Reading may allow him to ease his way back into first team contention.
Speaking at his press conference today, the boss said, “Maybe he will play on Monday night. He needs some games because he has not played for five months.
“He has been in training for a week now so he should be capable of playing for an hour.”
Sagna will most likely be joined by Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong as the two other long-termers work their way back to fitness, and with an Interlull on the way it’ll provide another good couple of weeks training before our next league game.
The manager also expanded on the Wilshere situation, again urging patience for the England midfielder.
“Jack is doing very well but we need to be a bit patient. He has played 60 minutes in the reserve team and he needs a few games, progressive build-up to get his body used again to competition, to shocks, to fights.
“But he is doing extremely well, the situation looks very good. We have to be cautious, not crazy, because of his talent you are always pushed in a situation where you would like to rush him back, and we have to resist that.
“The next match should be next week and he is working very very hard [in training]. The body is like that, when you have been out of competition for 14 months it takes a long time to find your sharpness back. You cannot rush it.”