Arsène Wenger has given a full injury update ahead of our FA Cup 5th round tie against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The majority of you will be well aware by now that Jack Wilshere has suffered a further injury setback and will be out for another 3 weeks or so… However, the good news is that Bacary Sagna has resumed full first-team training and is potentially back in contention for a place in the starting XI.
Kieran Gibbs is also nearing his return, so at least we won’t have to play a make-shift defence for much longer.
“At the moment, many players are on their way back. I will have to decide on Saturday, I have to look at them and see how much of a gamble I can take because we play again [against Bolton] on Wednesday. Gibbs will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday, but the others could be involved. That will be decided tomorrow.”
“Bacary Sagna is back in full training. Many players who are not specialist right backs have been playing in this position so we are relieved to have Bacary back.”
“He has had a little setback that is under investigation at the moment so I cannot give you how long he will be out for. At the moment he is seeing a specialist and as soon as we know more we will communicate. It sets him back a little bit but for how long I don’t know.
“It is the same foot but a different problem to the injury he had surgery on back in September. But is it an inflammation? We have to wait a little bit.”
Mikel Arteta/Thierry Henry
“He is very close to full training, Thierry Henry as well.”
“He will be back to full training on Monday. He will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday.”
“He is back in the squad, he is available. That makes him, Henry, Bacary and Arteta back in contention for the squad.”
“He is alright, it was just fatigue. His calf was not gone or anything like that, he just started to tire a little bit. It is normal for a guy who plays a game at that intensity. But health-wise he has no problem. He will be involved on Sunday.”
“He has still not practiced today. It is a small hamstring problem – but a minor one.”