Long awaited injury return for Emirates Stadium defender.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen will finally return for Arsenal in a reserve match against Manchester United tomorrow.
Former USA international footballer Janusz Michallik, now working for ESPN posted on Twitter that the Belgium defender will start the match against Arsenal’s title rivals, which will take place at Altrincham.
It will finally mark the end of a huge injury lay-off for Vermaelen, after he sustained an ankle ligament complaint on international duty with Belgium in early September.
What ought to be of grave concern to Arsenal fans though is what seems like yet another failure to diagnose the problem correctly by their medical staff.
“Vermaelen’s [injury] should be short-term and has a chance to play on Wednesday night,” said Arsene Wenger days after the Belgian had his blow, and it brought to mind the long absence of Tomas Rosicky before him.
Rosicky limped out of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United in January 2008, with Wenger claiming it would be “a question of days, not weeks.”
The Czech Republic international playmaker was next seen in an Arsenal shirt eighteen months later.
Hopefully after a number of setbacks, Thomas Vermaelen is fully fit and ready to play for Arsenal again.