By Declan Taylor

Tomas Rosicky is well on the road to recovery after stepping up his training intensity this week.

Rosicky has been out of action for just over a year after developing an almost unique hamstring tendon injury last February but Arsène Wenger revealed that he is now approaching light at the end of the tunnel. 

A “good answer” was received from an injury scan on Thursday and the manager described the latest developments as “very positive”.

“At the start don’t forget it was a three-week injury and it’s now a year that he has not played,” said the manager. “This week it was a year, the news is very positive, very encouraging. For the first time this week with Tony Colbert he has done some intense runs.

“It looks quite good, we had a good answer from his controlled scan yesterday. If all goes well we believe that in eight weeks he can play.

The manager paid tribute to the Czech midfielder’s “amazing attitude” and admitted that his team has missed him both on and off the pitch.

“We admire him, he has gone through so many ups and downs and has never given up. And his attitude has been absolutely amazing,” Wenger said.

“I am hopeful, but you do not know how much I wish because we miss this player a lot, for his quality, his attitude and people don’t realise that. We lost Tomas last year in January and we have missed him highly.

“He is a top class player and is a very important player in the dressing room, because he is very positive guy on a daily basis. We go step by step, we’ve had so many step backs with him last year.”

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30 Jan 2009