Arsenal’s injury list has lengthened with the news that Theo Walcott will be out for the next few weeks as he will undergo a minor procedure on his abdomen. Wenger also confirmed that Lukas Podolski is still some way off returning.
There is some good news however with Tomas Rosicky expected to return to training with the first team squad this Sunday or Monday after missing the past month, and will provide Wenger with a more experienced option out wide when fit.
Lukasz Fabianski is confirmed as fit for this weeks tie with West Brom in the Capital One Cup, and will duke it out with summer loanee Viviano for the goalkeeper jersey in midweek with Szczesny afforded a rest. The older Polish international missed the weekend’s win over Stoke City, which saw his Italian counterpart occupy the bench.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the following team news in his pre-match press conference:
[On Theo Walcott]
Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It’s not a hernia, but it’s a little structural problem in his abdomen.
He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.
[on Tomas Rosicky]
Rosicky is the first back [of the injured players], but not in time for this week. Next week we will start to speak about that. He could come back in the squad for Sunday or Monday.
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[on long-term absentees Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby]
It’s fine, they are doing well but they are nowhere near ready. The next one back [of those three] might be Lukas. Alex will be one and a half months more.
[on Lukasz Fabianski]
Fabianski will be alright [to start on Wednesday]. He had a nasal problem but he will be alright. Fabianski and Viviano are the two goalkeepers in the squad.
Predicted lineup to follow…