By Richard Clarke
Thomas Vermaelen has NOT fractured his leg but he still may miss Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
The Belgian limped off in the first half of the draw at Aston Villa on Wednesday night and afterwards manager Arsène Wenger feared the centre back might have broken a bone.
Scans on Thursday afternoon showed there was no break but the leg injury could still sideline Vermaelen in the short term.
On the upside, Wenger has added Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song to his squad after they returned from the Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile Eduardo’s hamstring injury is “small, small, small”. The striker, who also limped off at Villa Park, is out for Sunday but could be back next weekend for the trip to Chelsea. Abou Diaby is also in line to return at Stamford Bridge.
“There is no fracture in Thomas’ leg but his injury still has to be assessed,” said Wenger. “There is still a good chance he will not play on Sunday.
“Eduardo has a small, small, small hamstring. He will be out for one week. He will not make Man United but he might make Chelsea.
“However Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song have been in this morning. Eboue has been running outside. They are both in good shape. Tired but in good shape. Both of them are available for Sunday.
“Unfortunately Abou will not be back this weekend but he could be for Chelsea.”
Arsenal TV Online subscribers can see the full interview on Friday morning. In it, Wenger talks about:
- Drawing at Villa
- The positive effect of leaving players out at Stoke
- More on the injuries
- His latest thoughts on transfers
- The effect of Man United’s Carling Cup Semi-Final
- Wayne Rooney’s special season
- The next two fixtures in this four-game run