By Richard Clarke
Kieran Gibbs is about to return to full training and will be pushing for a first-team comeback soon.
The full back has been out since injuring his ankle against Partizan Belgrade on December 8. But Arsène Wenger told TV Online on Monday that the 21-year-old should join in full training on Tuesday and just may make the squad for the FA Cup Third Round tie with Leeds at the weekend.
Before that, on Wednesday, Arsenal face Manchester City in a crucial Premier League game. Thankfully, the Frenchman has no new injury worries.
“Apart from a few bruises we are alright from Birmingham,” said Wenger.
“But Kieran Gibbs is very close. He could be in full training again tomorrow and there is a little chance he is available for Saturday.”
That will leave just Manuel Almunia (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) on the injury list. The Belgian is penciled in for the end of the month while the other two “are still two or three weeks away”.
TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview soon. In it, Arsène Wenger talks about:
- the points haul he’d be happy with over Christmas
- his attitude to transfers now the window is open
- how Roberto Mancini has adapted to English football
- Manchester City’s spending power
- the belief from the Chelsea game
- the latest news on Thomas Vermaelen
- the ‘hard jobs’ Arsenal have done right so far