Arsene Wenger has provided an update on the latest injury status ahead of this weekend’s tie with Burnley, and it’s a mix of good and bad news.
Jack Wilshere has essentially been ruled after suffering a ‘kick on his knee’ in training, and potentially looks set to miss Tuesday’s Champions League tie too.
Kieran Gibbs’ injury seemed a real worry last weekend given how every body part of his is made of glass, but Wenger feels ‘positive’ over the fitness test the Englishman will face ahead of tomorrow’s match.
Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud is recovering well from his fracture and could be in training as early as mid-November. A huge boost.
Wenger told the media in his pre-match press conference:
With the long-term injuries nobody is back. We have a slight problem with Wilshere. Will he be available [on Saturday] or not? I will see today. Gibbs as well has a test, but I am quite positive about him. About Wilshere I don’t think he will be available.
[on the seriousness of Wilshere’s injury] Very, very short-term. He got a kick on his knee. I don’t know if Tuesday will be too early or not, at the moment he doesn’t practice, but certainly Swansea, yes.
[on how Olivier Giroud’s recovery is going] Very well. He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.
[on that being a big boost] Yes of course. He’s miles ahead of schedule.
Wenger has also confirmed he does not see Theo Walcott starting against Burnley as he slowly reintegrates into the first team set-up, but has not ruled out giving the winger a run against the promoted Premier League side.
He has been out for too long to start the game. If I can give him some competition, I am happy to do it.
He is eager, but that is always the period when the patience of the player is tested. They feel ready, they want to play and they realise only much later that they were not ready.
I know Theo well, and he is a very intelligent player. He knows he’s not completely there yet.
Predicted lineup to follow..