By Matt Fortune
Amaury Bischoff could be back in full training in a matter of weeks.
The Portuguese Under-21 international was already carrying a groin injury when he signed from German outfit Werder Bremen over the summer. That is why, at the time, Arsène Wenger admitted the move was “a gamble on his talent”.
In late July the manager also said Bischoff was two to three months away from competitive action. And, speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online, the midfielder revealed he was right on course.
“The injury is getting better bit by bit,” said Bischoff. “I've been doing ball work for five or six days now and I am running three times a week. I'm nearly pain-free and hope to be back as soon as possible.
“It's been difficult. I've been injured for a long time but Arsenal have shown faith in me. They have got me in great shape and been brilliant. They monitor me with a daily programme and a trainer is there for me every day. I think that little by little I'm getting there and will soon be back on the pitch.
“I think that in two weeks I'll be training with the team and if all goes well, I'll speak with the manager and coaches here. Then I'll be back as quickly as possible.”
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see a full video interview with Amaury Bischoff on Monday. In it, he talks about:
- adapting to life at Arsenal
- his injury history
- the move itself
- playing in the Uefa Cup Semi-Final
- hailing from the same place as Arsène Wenger
- his international career
- his style of play
- the Club’s chance of success this season