By Richard Clarke

Theo Walcott is likely to be fit before Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky.

The England midfielder injured his shoulder on international duty in November but may be able to return in late February. His two colleagues will be back in March at the earliest.

“It is difficult to calculate when they will come back,” the manager told Arsenal TV Online.
“Walcott will be March or maybe the end of February. He will be the quickest one because he has started to run already. It is easier to plan after shoulder surgery than anything else.”

Fabregas damaged knee ligaments against Liverpool on December 21. Rosicky has been out with a hamstring tendon problem since last January.

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