By Richard Clarke
The hamstring strain suffered by
Jose Antonio Reyes is better than first feared but he will
still miss the visit of Charlton on Saturday.
That will be the second game the Spaniard has sat out but thankfully the injury is not serious and he should be back in 10 days.
Pascal Cygan is expected to return around the same time, he was close to a return from his own hamstring injury before suffering a set-back last week.
Elsewhere, Robin van Persie (toe) and Sol Campbell (ankle) have been back in full training for some time but neither are likely to be risked at the weekend. Abou Diaby (ankle) is also recovering well but is not training yet. The two injured left backs, Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy, are unlikely to be seen until next month.
As ever, Arsène Wenger gave his first pre-match interview to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday lunchtime. He gave a full briefing about the injury situation.
"Jose Antonio Reyes missed the game at the weekend," said the Frenchman. "But his [hamstring] strain is not as bad as we thought. It is minor so he could be 10 days out. He is definitely out for Saturday though.
"Sol Campbell and Robin van Persie are back in full training. I don't know or not if they are going to be in the squad [for Saturday] yet. They are still a bit short.
"Pascal is still out and had a little bit of a set-back. It will be 10 days for him. Diaby is not yet [in training].
"As for Ashley Cole, he still has an inflamed ankle. I feel we have to be patient with him. It is the same with Gael Clichy. Ashley will be two to three weeks and Gael will be at least that."
Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full interview on Friday morning. In it, Arsène Wenger talks about the Liverpool game, the push in the Premiership now, the emergence of Darren Bent, the development of Theo Walcott, when he might play and the new speculation surrounding Thierry Henry.
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