By Richard Clarke
Johan Djourou has been passed fit and will be available against Wolves on Saturday.
When the Swiss centre back hobbled off with a knee injury at Newcastle last weekend, Arsène Wenger initially feared the worst. But Djourou underwent a fitness test on Friday morning and came through OK.
Alex Song (thigh) was similarly examined and is expected to be fit as well. Abou Diaby is both injured and suspended while Tomas Rosicky misses out after collecting a groin injury on international duty. Denilson (hamstring) is back, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas have recovered from sickness.
“Yes, Djourou is fit,” said Wenger at Friday’s press conference.
"Diaby has a problem but anyway he is suspended. Denilson is available. Rosicky has a groin problem coming back from the Czech Republic so he is not involved but Denilson is coming back. The rest of the squad will be the same as Newcastle. Cesc and Van Persie will both be playing.”
Djourou’s injury was particularly significant as Thomas Vermaelen, his fellow centre back, is still out. Wenger reported the Belgian is progressing well but a return is not imminent.
“He is doing better and he is in the normal process of rehabilitation,” said the manager. “When he will be fit again, I don’t know. It is very difficult to set any time on it. Something like three weeks.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Feb 2011