By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny looks set to return to the Arsenal side for Sunday's clash with Liverpool.
The Polish goalkeeper has not played since rupturing tendons in his finger during the Champions League defeat to Barcelona on March 8 but, provided he passes a late fitness test, Szczesny is likely to reclaim his first-team spot this weekend.
He might not be the only one. Arsène Wenger had plenty of positive news when he faced reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday and is close to reporting a clean bill of health at a vital stage of the season.
"We still have some tests to make but Wojciech is back in full training so it could be Szczesny [in goal]," said Wenger.
"It is a big surprise for us because we thought at the start [of his injury] that the season was over. But he was given the green light four weeks after the Barcelona game, so he had a full week of practice.
"We have plenty of players back, some are short of competitive edge but Johan Djourou and Alex Song are both available and even Thomas Vermaelen is in full training now. There is a good chance [he will play again this season].
On the keeper front, Manuel Almunia is back in training but may not be risked after hurting his knee during the warm-up at Blackpool. However Wenger can call upon Jens Lehmann, who made his first-team comeback last weekend at the age of 41 .
"Jens wants to help out when it is needed, he knows the rule," said the manager.
"If I decide to play him he will play without any problem and I can just congratulate him on the game he played. He saved a very important ball at 3-1 and overall his decision making was perfect."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