By Richard Clarke

Jens Lehmann and William Gallas are likely to be back in full training by the time Arsenal kick off against Sunderland on Sunday however neither are expected to feature.

Both players started their last Club game at Blackburn on August 19. The centre back picked up a groin injury hurdling a challenge from Roque Santa Cruz while the keeper has been sidelined with Achilles and then elbow problems ever since.

Lehmann returned to the training field on Thursday morning and Gallas is expected to follow suit the following day. Likewise, Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and Alex Song (calf) are no longer injured but not yet fit. The five players who were doubtful for the midweek game at Steaua came through unscathed. Therefore, the only player in need of the physio team is Eduardo (ankle).

"Lehmann came back into full training today," Arsène Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday afternoon.

"Gallas should be in full training tomorrow. Rosicky and Song as well. Physically they are all better. But all of them will be short to be considered for Sunday. The only one completely out though is Eduardo."

Arsenal TV Online subscribers will be able to see the full video interview with Arsène Wenger on Friday. In it he talks about the win at Steaua, going through from the Champions League groups, Liverpool and Chelsea in Europe, why Roy Keane had to be a manager, Sunderland's chances of staying up and why he did not buy Craig Gordon.

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Richard Clarke 4 Oct 2007