Arsene Wenger had positive news regarding Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, revealing the duo are back in full training.
However, the expected return of Santi Cazorla appears to have been delayed further with the manager saying the Spanish international is still three or four weeks away from first team action.
Speaking to the official site, Wenger said, “Wilshere and Rosicky are back in full training. Basically they are all progressing well.”
And on reports that he might feature in an Under 21 game, he continued, “Not yet, no, we have not decided that yet. It is his first week back in full training and we’ll see how he responds to that, but the first signs are quite good. We’ll assess our options next week.”
It’s good news for Wilshere as reports of potential setback 10 days ago were not completely wide of the mark. The midfielder had an issue with his ankle that might have required treatment which would put him out for longer, but obviously further assessment has concluded it’s not necessary at this point.
And for Rosicky, so upset at his last injury, there’s time for him to pull on the red and white once more, which is fantastic.
The update about Cazorla wasn’t quite as positive though.
“Santi Cazorla is running again outside so it should be three to four weeks more training,” he said.
Cazorla had posted on Twitter that he expected to be back from the start of April, but an ongoing Achilles issue is delaying his comeback.
Ahead of the weekend there’s still some doubt over Petr Cech with Wenger saying, “Cech is going back to normal training. It’s too early to say if he will be available for the weekend. He might be a bit short to be competitive.”
Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are unavailable, as is Mathieu Flamini.