By Richard Clarke
Emmanuel Eboue has made a remarkable recovery from injury and will be named in the squad for the Carling Cup tie against Wigan at Emirates Stadium.
The Ivorian was stretchered off at Braga last Tuesday with a medial knee ligament strain. At the time, Wenger said: “It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum.”
It turned out to be one week.
“Emmanuel Eboue is back in the squad much quicker than planned,” Wenger told TV Online on Monday afternoon. “When we made a scan his knee was swollen but the ligament was intact so we decided to push him back as quickly as possible and the tests were successful.”
The prognosis for the other casualty from Portugal remains the same and there will be one omission from the 4-2 win at Aston Villa.
“Cesc is still out,” said Wenger. “He has ten more days or two weeks maximum. Sebastien Squillaci has a knee problem from Saturday. He is out, everyone else is available.”
Wenger indicated that his side for Tuesday’s Carling Cup Quarter-Final will be similar in strength to the ones that won at Tottenham and Newcastle in previous rounds. The manager confirmed that Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner will be in the squad but, aside from that, he wanted to keep his counsel.
“I don’t want to give the team today,” said the Frenchman. “The only thing I promise is that we will take the tie seriously.
“I have to consider how many games my players play. For six weeks we have played every three days with Champions League and internationals. I will consider who needs to play and who needs to rest.”
TV Online subscribers can see the full interview later. In it Wenger talks about:
- more on the team he’ll play against Wigan
- changing styles to accommodate Robin van Persie
- Wigan’s Carling Cup Semi-Final win over Arsenal in 2006
- the strength of their side
- drawing Leeds in the FA Cup