Arsene Wenger has spoken about the current injury situation at Arsenal ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Everton, and has delivered a triple injury boost to at least give fans something small to smile about, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The Frenchman explained that while there wasn’t much good news for the weekend’s game itself, he expects to see at least three men return after the upcoming international break.
Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech both suffered injuries over the last few weeks, and were joined on the sidelines by Mathieu Flamini during Arsenal’s 3-1 loss against Barcelona in the Champions League. All three should be back and available when Arsenal play host to Watford on April 2nd though, which will be a huge boost for the Gunners.
“Well, the other night we lost Mathieu Flamini with a hamstring injury, so he will be out [against Everton],” Wenger said.
“He will be replaced by [Calum] Chambers. Everybody else should be available. We have a check-up this [Friday] morning, but all the other signs look quite positive.
“[Jack] Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery, Santi [Cazorla] is a bit slower. The players who will definitely be back from injury [after the international break] will be Ramsey, Cech and maybe Flamini. But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.”
The trio’s imminent return is certainly good news, although the assessment of Cazorla and Wilshere obviously less so. It looks as though the midfield pair are set to miss a sizeable chunk of the campaign, which is obviously a blow to Arsenal’s faint title aspirations.
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Injuries have once again derailed the Gunners’ season, and despite a campaign that looked like their best chance of major silverware in years, Wenger’s side arguably appears to have digressed. The north London club are finally getting some of their walking wounded back, but it’s almost certainly a case of too little too late at this point.