By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger hopes to welcome back Tomas Rosicky for the home game with Everton on Saturday.

The Czech midfielder missed the FA Cup tie with West Ham on Sunday and would have also sat out the game against Bolton on Wednesday if it had not been snowed off.

The return of Rosicky is the only change from Wenger's midweek squad however the Frenchman harbours hopes that more players will regain full fitness in the coming weeks.

"Basically [our squad] is exactly the same as it was before the Bolton game, apart from Tomas Rosicky," said the manager.

"We have a good hope that we will get him back in the squad. But he is the only one that should come back.

"He missed out at West Ham because of a groin injury.

"He has little problems but when you go back to the scan it always comes back reassuring. I believe that is down to the fact that he has not played for such a long time and that his body has to readapt again. But now he is back and completely fit."

Meanwhile two other players are close to fitness while a third is returning to the Club's training base for tests.

"When Bendtner (groin) comes back on Friday we'll assess him," he said. "But I am not sure when he will come back.

"Fabregas (hamstring) should be available for Bolton and Clichy (back) is not far."

TV Online subscribers can see the full video interview on Friday. In it, Wenger discusses:

  • the cancellation of the Bolton tie
  • maintaining the momentum in the Premier League
  • his assessment at the halfway stage
  • Everton's up and down campaign
  • the effect of the 6-1 at the start of the season
  • failing to follow-up their top four finish
  • the quality of Louis Saha
  • the latest name to crop up in the transfer market
  • the effect of the weather on training this week
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7 Jan 2010