By Chris Harris

Aaron Ramsey is back in the Arsenal squad for Saturday's vital game against Sunderland.

The Wales midfielder has not kicked a ball for the first team since he was stretchered off with a double leg fracture at Stoke City last February but that could change this weekend.

Ramsey is back from a successful loan spell with his former club Cardiff and he is one of two notable inclusions in Arsène Wenger's squad: Laurent Koscielny also returns from a hamstring injury.

"The team news is that we do not have Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Robin van Persie plus of course the former injuries like Vermaelen," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"Aaron Ramsey is back in the squad for tomorrow, Koscielny is back in the squad as well. That is basically it."

Wenger told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday that Fabregas' injured hamstring is being assessed "day by day". The manager is keeping his fingers crossed for both of his injured midfielders ahead of Tuesday's trip to Barcelona.

"They are still improving for the Barcelona game, yes. They have a chance. Fabregas at the moment has a stronger chance than Song, but they have a chance," he said.

Theo Walcott (ankle) and Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) are also unavailable for the visit of Sunderland.

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