By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has warned Arsenal watchers not to "expect miracles" from Robin van Persie when he makes his comeback.
The Dutch forward has been sidelined since the middle of November after damaging ankle ligaments while on international duty but he is back at the training ground after completing his rehabilitation in Holland.
Wenger admits that Van Persie is in good shape and could reach "team fitness" in as little as two weeks. The manager will be tempted to call on the striker with key games coming thick and fast but he is well aware that Van Persie will need time to find his best form.
"He is expected to return but don't expect miracles when a guy has been out for such a long time," said Wenger.
"But we are happy to have him back and he is physically, fitness-wise, in a good shape. So we have just to get him back to full team fitness - that will take two to three weeks maximum.
"I would say two weeks but after that when you start to play you are not at your best. You have to get a few games to get back to your best."