By Richard Clarke

Robin van Persie looks as good as ever in training, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Dutch forward recently returned to full practise after suffering damage to his ankle ligaments playing for Holland late last year. At his press conference on Tuesday, Wenger confirmed the 26-year-old would return to the first-team squad at Tottenham on Wednesday night for the first time since November 7. The manager was clearly delighted to see him return to the fold.

"It's been a tough time," admitted Wenger. "When you know how much Robin loves football it's been a very tough time I tell you but he has certainly come through with a different appetite and stronger as well for the future of his career so I am very happy that he is back.

"What is the most satisfying for me is that he looks in training like he has never been out."

The Frenchman added that, despite a run of injuries up front, he did not coerce Van Persie's comeback.

"I have never forced anybody to play," he said. "My job is to allow players to play. But he feels ready and fit and is happy to contribute."

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13 Apr 2010