By Rob Kelly
Per Mertesacker says he is "90-95 per cent fit" and is very confident of returning in time for Euro 2012.
The German international sustained an ankle injury in Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Sunderland in February, and has not played since.
But the 26-year-old has made good progress in his rehabilitation and he is certain he will make this summer's tournament in Ukraine and Poland.
"I am very confident because I have spoken to a lot of people in Germany and England - doctors, physios and coaches - and they are all very comfortable with my ankle," he told Arsenal.com
"I think I am 90-95 per cent fit. For the past four weeks I have been doing quite a lot of rehab at Arsenal and recently some pitch work with the ball and I am very happy to be back in England because I spent quite a bit of time in Germany.
"Now it's time to see the ball, the pitch and the guys again. It's a good feeling that the injury is going fine. I am very happy about it."
Mertesacker says he does not know exactly what happened to cause the injury but insists he is only focusing on the future now.
"It was a strange feeling," he said. "I had a header and when I was landing, I felt uncomfortable and it was a bit like something happened to my bone or my ankle.
"But I don't want to look back at the situation, I look to see the positives. It was a bad feeling in general but now I am back and I'm looking forward to having some great games this summer."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source