By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger predicts that Tomas Rosicky will need two months of competitive football to get back to his best.

The Czech international has been cursed by dreadful luck on the injury front. He was last seen in an Arsenal shirt on January 26, 2008 when he limped off after nine minutes of an FA Cup tie against Newcastle at Emirates Stadium.

The man who replaced him that night – Eduardo – has since suffered and recovered from a broken leg and dislocated ankle but Rosicky is still working his way back to full fitness after persistent problems with his hamstring tendon.

The 28-year-old is on course to return in March but his manager has warned not to expect too much too soon from Rosicky.

“He won’t play in either of the legs against Roma,” confirmed Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

“He played his last game 13 months ago so it is difficult to say when he will be back to his best.

“He has been working hard in training and you would say he will need two months in competition to get back to his best.”

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23 Feb 2009