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Gilberto to miss out

17 Nov 2006 - 09:04:26

Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has returned to Brazil for family reasons and looks set to miss this weekend's Premiership clash against struggling Newcastle United.

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hopes to have Julio Baptista, Jens Lehmann and Freddie Ljungberg available for the Emirates Stadium encounter.

Baptista has been sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury, while Lehmann missed Germany's midweek draw against Cyprus with a throat infection.

Ljungberg should be fit despite missing Sweden's midweek international because of a bout of food poisoning.

"It looks quite good," an upbeat Wenger told the club's official website.

"We have quite a good choice. Nobody has come back from the internationals with any trouble. We have Julio Baptista back in the squad and Freddie Ljungberg is available too.

"We've had him on the phone and he says he's perfectly alright. Jens Lehmann is available again.

"But I believe we have a family problem with Gilberto. He's had to go back to Brazil. We hope he will be back in time (for Saturday) but we're not completely sure.

"He had to pull out of the Brazil squad this week and I'd say there s an 80 per cent chance he'll miss the Newcastle game."

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