By Chris Harris

Emmanuel Eboue is hoping to return for this weekend's Premiership clash with Manchester United.

The Ivory Coast right back was injured during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Portsmouth at Emirates Stadium on December 16. He limped off 12 minutes from time and was sidelined for three weeks.

Eboue was back in the starting line-up for the FA Cup victory against Liverpool at Anfield 10 days ago but was replaced by Justin Hoyte during the second half after suffering a recurrence of his injury.

"The problem has been my ankle," Eboue told "I have been injured since the game against Portsmouth and when I trained I was still feeling it a little bit.

"But I am hoping to be back for the game against Manchester United. I really, really want to play in that game."

17/2 - Arsenal v Manchester United: Arsenal to win 2-1

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
Chris Harris 16 Jan 2007