Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey has suffered a short-term setback in his recovery from a thigh problem and won’t be available for the North London derby at White Hart Lane this Sunday.
The Welsh international hasn’t played since Boxing Day and was tipped for a first team return but it appears Arsenal will play it safe given the hectic schedule ahead.
“We have had to defer his comeback to full training a little so he is not available,” Wenger told the club website today.
“He is having difficulties in the final stages of his rehab. It looks to be short-term.”
Ramsey is set to be joined on the sidelines by Mesut Ozil with reports the German could be out for six weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up in Munich.
“He is out,” confirmed the boss. “I don’t know for how long but it is a hamstring injury. There are scans going on.”
In more positive news, the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal, Yaya Sanogo and Kim Kallstrom are all in contention for Sunday.
“Kieran Gibbs has a test tomorrow but I am hopeful that Nacho Monreal will be fit. They both have a good chance. Kallstrom joins the normal training group today and Sanogo too. I will have to decide if Kallstrom is OK to be in the squad on Sunday. I will see how he looks, it is not impossible.”