Arsenal's Theo Walcott targets October's Manchester City clash for return to action

06 October 2010 10:20
Captain Cesc Fabregas yesterday declared himself fully fit following a hamstring injury, while Nicklas Bendtner has returned to training and Robin van Persie is progressing following his own ankle injury.

It is even possible that Fabregas, Walcott and Bendtner could all return for the home match against Birmingham on Oct 16.

 Related ArticlesFabregas: style beats resultsSame old ArsenalCarroll backed for EnglandMcEachran and Wilshere the futureMcClaren return no good for EnglandFA want Steve McClaren to returnFabregas said that he had only been 48 hours short of being able to play in the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.

'I'm fit and training with the team,' he said. 'If the game was today I could have played, but it was two days too short and didn't want to take a gamble.'

There is, however, still uncertainty over Thomas Vermaelen, although Arsene Wenger is hopeful that he will not require surgery on his achilles tendon injury.

"He is not close,' said Wenger. "He has an achilles problem and we had problems to sort it out. I don't think he will require surgery but he needs more time. It is very slow to heal.'

Chelsea have also suffered an injury blow at centre-back, with Alex now facing three weeks out after damaging his thigh in Sunday's match against Arsenal.

Alex has already pulled out of the Brazil squad for the forthcoming internationals against Iran and the Ukraine.

Source: Telegraph