By Richard Clarke

Arsenal’s long-term injured are getting closer and closer to a return.

At his Friday press conference, Arsène Wenger confirmed that Eduardo will be back in full contact training soon and is “two to three weeks” from playing properly. After that, it will be only match-fitness that holds him back from a proper first-team return. The Croatian striker has not played since breaking his leg at Birmingham on February 23.

Meanwhile Tomas Rosicky went under the surgeon’s knife this week which, at least, means the Czech international can push on and his manager can start talking about dates for a comeback. He has been missing since January 29 because of an unusual hamstring problem.

“Eduardo is close to coming back into full training so he should start to play in two to three weeks maybe,” said Wenger.

“As for Tomas, the surgery went very well. He should be back with us in six to eight weeks but that doesn’t mean that he will play in six to eight weeks.

“He will then start training so I think a reasonable delay is to say that he might be back at the beginning of next year.”

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14 Nov 2008