By Richard Clarke
Arsenal's injury list is so long that Arsène Wenger is struggling to remember it.
The Frenchman has SIX first-team players out of his squad for visit of Bolton on Sunday. In addition Gilberto is suspended. However there is a crumb of comfort in the news that Jeremie Aliadiere has recovered from the back injury he picked up at White Hart Lane and has been named in the squad.
"We have so many that my memory is not good enough to remember them all," replied Wenger when asked to list the absences.
"We've got Gallas (thigh), Hleb (hamstring), Van Persie (foot) and Gilberto is suspended. Also there is Eboue (ankle) and Djourou (hamstring)."
The manager added that the latter two could be back for the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg on Wednesday. Then he recalled another name. "Oh I forgot Ljungberg (hamstring)," he said.
Robin van Persie had surgery in Holland this morning and when asked for a return time, Wenger replied: "They say six to eight weeks but in our experience it is two and a half months."
Gallas has already been out almost that long and the manager explained why his thigh injury has lingered.
"The biggest problem is to fight his impatience," said Wenger. "He has had two setbacks because he tried to rush back. And I feel we are guilty of helping him to rush back. I will take the needed time now. My biggest worry after such a long injury is that he needs to be really ready.
"He should be back in two to three weeks but I still would not like to put any set time on it."
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