Emmanuel Adebayor returns to the Arsenal squad for this weekend's Premiership trip to Blackburn.

The Togolese striker has been sidelined since Boxing Day with a thigh injury and his return gives Arsène Wenger a host of striking options for Saturday's game.

However, the Arsenal manager had bad news about William Gallas' recovery when he spoke exclusively to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon.

"Gallas was close to coming back but he had a little setback again," said Wenger. "I don't think we will see Gallas for another two or three weeks.

"Adebayor is back available again but Emmanuel Eboue is still not completely fit for Saturday. We still have Ljungberg out, Gallas out, Eboue out, but everybody else is alright."

Lauren has recovered from his minor toe injury but is unlikely to feature at Ewood Park.

"He looks better, yes, but I think he will be a bit short for Blackburn because he only rejoins normal training on Friday," said Wenger.

Subscribers can watch the full video interview with Wenger on Friday. In it he discusses: the Cup successes at Anfield, Arsenal's scouting network, the improvement of Jeremie Aliadiere, Blackburn's recent resurgence, the quality of Benni McCarthy and the progress David Bentley has made.

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11 Jan 2007