By Richard Clarke 

Sol Campbell, Robin van Persie and Pascal Cygan are set for a return to full training in the next few days.

The trio have been missing for some time. Campbell (bruised ankle bone) and Van Persie (broken toe) have been out since the 3-2 defeat against West Ham on February 1 while Cygan injured his hamstring in the 7-0 win over Middlesbrough on January 14. But the wait is nearly over.

"Cygan, Van Persie and Campbell will return to the squad for training by the weekend," said Arsène Wenger in an exclusive video interview on Thursday afternoon. "But, of course, they have not played for a long, long time and they need some competition."

The Arsenal manager expects no new absentees for the crucial Premiership game with Liverpool at the weekend despite picking up some bumps and bruises in Wednesday night's 0-0 match with Real Madrid that saw his side reach the last eight of the Champions League.

"Freddie Ljungberg had a calf problem," said Wenger. "I saw him limping after the game but I don't know how bad he is. Thierry Henry got a knock on his knee so did Jens Lehmann. But they should all be alright."

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the full video interview on Friday morning. Of course, Wenger discusses the victory over Madrid at length along with the defensive record in the Champions League, his thoughts on Friday's draw, the affect of Liverpool's exit from Europe and the importance of home form in the race for fourth place.

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Richard Clarke 9 Mar 2006