Arsène Wenger announced heartening injury news ahead of his side's trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

At Friday's pre-match press conference, the manger revealed Emmanuel Adebayor has been passed fit despite suffering a knock on his knee in the 3-1 win against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Abou Diaby also picked up a knee injury in that game. There were fears it was cartilage damage however scans have revealed a minor malady. In addition, Johan Djourou is back after a hamstring problem and even the persistent injuries suffered by William Gallas (thigh), Freddie Ljungberg (hamstring), Alex Hleb (hamstring) and Julio Baptista (groin) are on the mend.

The only downside was the failure of Emmanuel Eboue to recover from his ankle injury. Robin van Persie (foot) is out for the long-term.

"Adebayor is going to be OK but Eboue is out," said Wenger. "We have lost Diaby, but it will be for a short time - only a week. I was scared it could be longer. Djourou is back in the squad. Gallas, Ljungberg and Hleb are out but they are all very close."

Jens Lehmann will return in goal but Wenger has decided to keep this week's most eye-catching Carling Cup youngster for the trip to Teeside.

"Denilson is in the squad with us," said the Arsenal manager. "He has quickly come out and shown personality.  I feel he is one of the candidates for the midfield now."



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