Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest Arsenal team news ahead of Saturday’s late kick-off against Norwich. Unfortunately, we have a number of new injury concerns that have emerged since our 3-1 win over West Ham two weeks ago.
The good news is that Theo Walcott will not be out for as long as it was first thought. Speculation over the weekend had suggested that Walcott had suffered a broken rib in the England match against San Marino last Friday, which would keep him out for 6-8 weeks. However, scans have now shown that it is only bad bruising which Wenger describes as “no major concern”. He will only be out for a few weeks.
In other injury news, Kieran Gibbs will not be fit to feature on the weekend following a thigh injury suffered against West Ham. Gibbs was forced off part-way through the game at Upton Park and subsequently withdrew from the England squad. Lukas Fabianski has also suffered a major setback in his rehabilitation; the Polish keeper was nearing a comeback but has now torn some ankle ligaments in training this week and could be out for several months. Wojciech Szczesny, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby are all a few weeks away from returning to first-team training.
“Theo is out for Saturday, for sure. He has an injury to his chest and lungs. We have to treat that clinically. He’s quickly short of breath when he makes an effort but it’s bruising and that will heal. It’s no major concern but it will take we think about two weeks to be back to a normal level.”
“Kieran Gibbs is out for Saturday because he went off against West Ham. He’s not healed yet. He has a little chance to be ready for Wednesday and a bigger chance for QPR.”
Lukas Fabianski & Wojciech Sczcesny
“Fabianski sees a specialist today [Thursday]. I don’t know what will come out of that. It’s an ankle ligament problem – a new problem. He was back in training before that. Szczesny I think is two weeks away.”
Tomas Rosicky & Abou Diaby
“Rosicky is still a few weeks away and Diaby as well.”