By Richard Clarke

Arsenal will be without Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Eboue and Julio Baptista for their next two games.

The trio will miss Saturday's game against Watford and the midweek trip to Moscow after picking up injuries. Ljungberg (calf) and Eboue (knee) suffered theirs on international duty while Baptista hurt his hamstring in a friendly played behind-closed-doors on Tuesday. When he spoke to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday, Wenger was also waiting on news of William Gallas, who had played for France the night before. However the centre back is expected to be fit for the weekend.

"Unfortunately when you have so many players away you can have some bad news," said the manager. "At the moment we have three injuries. They will be out for Saturday and Tuesday for sure.

"Freddie Ljungberg has a calf injury, he has a scan today. Emmanuel Eboue has an injury to his medial knee ligaments. He will be out for three to four weeks. We have also lost Julio Baptista in training with a hamstring injury. He will be out for a while as well."

Baptista picked up his problem in a 2-1 win over Charlton played at the Training Ground. That game saw Gael Clichy and Philippe Senderos continue their comebacks from injury. However they are unlikely to fill Wenger's defensive gaps over the next two matches.

"They are making good progress," said the Frenchman. "But I don't know when they will be in the team. They could be in the squad for one of the two games. But they are still a little bit short really."

The full interview with Arsène will be available for Arsenal TV Online subscribers on Friday. In it the manager talks about: what he really said about the "joyriders" in international football, Theo Walcott's goals, the 'training ground' derby against Watford, Adie Bothroyd and the celebration of his 10 years in the job at Arsenal. 

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Richard Clarke 12 Oct 2006