By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will welcome back three first-team players for the trip to Fulham on Wednesday.

Thierry Henry (neck) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) have recovered from injury while Robin van Persie served his one-match suspension in the defeat at Bolton at the weekend.

"Henry is back in the squad," said the manager in his pre-match press conference. "Van Persie and Rosicky are back as well. But [Abou] Diaby, Lauren and [William] Gallas are still injured."

The French centre half is the closest to a return. He looks likely to miss the North London derby against Tottenham yet should be fit for the visit to Portugal next week.

"He'll be short for Saturday but he will make Wednesday," said Wenger. "He has a good chance to make the game at Porto."

The manager also revealed that Julio Baptista would be rested for the game at Craven Cottage.

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Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 28 Nov 2006