By Richard Clarke
Three Arsenal full backs are on the mend.
Ashley Cole is set to resume running next week after recovering from his ankle injury and could be back a fortnight after that. Fellow left back Gael Clichy, out since November with the foot fracture that had previously sidelined Cole, is set to return to full training after the weekend.
In addition young right back Kerrea Gilbert played in the Reserve team on Wednesday night after almost two months out with a back complaint. However, another defender, Pascal Cygan, is still struggling.
Sol Campbell and Freddie Ljungberg will not be ready to return for the weekend game with Aston Villa. But the England defender will be back in full training tomorrow and the Swedish midfielder might travel to Turin next week for the Champions League Quarter-Final second leg.
"Ashley Cole is doing quite well," said Arsène Wenger in an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "In the last week he has developed. He should go out next week and start running. From there it will be two weeks.
"Sol Campbell has a little set back with a toe injury. He should be back in the group for normal training tomorrow but Saturday will be a bit short.
"Pascal Cygan had a set back today in training. That is not good news but Gael Clichy is getting better and better. He should be back in normal training next week. Kerrea Gilbert played last night.
"Freddie Ljungberg will not be available for Saturday but could be for next week."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview on Friday. In it, Wenger talks about: the fall-out from Juve, the plaudits for Cesc Fabregas, the differing formations Wenger is playing, some surprising Premiership stats, watching Tottenham grab a late victory on Monday, the danger of Blackburn and Aston Villa.
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