By Richard Clarke
Sebastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby will return to the Arsenal squad for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Huddersfield on Sunday at Emirates Stadium.
The centre back has been missing with a hamstring injury since the match against Leeds on January 8 while the midfielder’s calf problem has meant he last figured at Wigan on Dec 29.
However both will return as Arsène Wenger shuffles his squad for another cup competition. They may be joined by Tomas Rosicky (sickness) and, for the first time since late September, Manuel Almunia. The keeper has been out with elbow and ankle problems since the 3-2 defeat to West Brom at Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna is recovering well from his head injury and will be available for Huddersfield or, at the latest, Everton next Tuesday.
“Squillaci and Diaby will be in a squad,” Wenger told TV Online on Thursday. “The only uncertainty I have is Rosicky. I don’t know if he’ll be fit or not. He was really sick.
“Almunia has a chance, Fabianski no and for Vermaelen we need to be patient.
“Sagna is as good as you can be. Yesterday he was at home and he still had a little bit of a headache. All the examinations made at the hospital were clean. He should be available for Sunday. If not Sunday then Tuesday.”
Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, 17, is on loan at Huddersfield but is not eligible to play on Sunday.
TV Online subscribers can see the full video later. In it, they talk about:
- the latest on the search for a centre back
- Carlos Vela’s loan deal
- the Carling Cup Final against Birmingham
- the role of the FA Cup now
- the Huddersfield side
- coping with the busiest January ever
- Herbert Chapman vs Arsène Wenger