AFC INJURY UPDATE: by AH
Return dates for Giroud (muscle) and Vermaelen (knock) are unknown but the pair are expected to be fit in the coming days. Giroud and Vermaelen both picked up the injures on international duty in training. Giroud was forced to miss France’s game vs Finland, but his is expected back in the team this week.
Dider Dechamps told reporters of Giroud’s problem before France’s 1-0 win over Finland;
“He will work apart (from the squad), which will allow him to play the next match (against Belarus). Considering it’s a muscular problem, I better give him more time. I would of preferred Olivier at full fitness, but (football) is like that.”
As for Vermaelen, the captain’s injury has also been cleared up and he should be fully fit in the coming days. The 26 year old was seen taping up his ankle in a Belgian training session, however afterwards Vermaelen confirmed the injury;
“It is fine, it just my ankle from last week – but it is okay,”
Goalkeepers, Szczesny (rib) and Fabianksi (back); Fabianski was called up to the Polish national team despite his injury, however it hasn’t caused any further complications and we could have both Polish goalkeepers back in training this week. Vito Mannone is expected to keep his place in the team to face Southampton.
Long term injures to Tomas Rosicky (calf), Bacary Sagna (broken leg) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are all set to be resolved this month with the trio expected to be back in training within the month.
Emmanuel Frimpong could be back sooner than expected after he Tweeted, “I will be back in full training with the squad on the 17th of this month.” After a long lay off, however, it will take the Ghanaian some time to be match ready.
Marouane Chamakh continues to suffer from Malaria according to some reports whereas others think it is just a virus that has kept him away from international duty. Whatever it is, we all wish the Moroccan well.
With a bit of luck, Arsene Wenger could have a fully fit squad of players to choose from in October. Is this why he was not too busy in the transfer window?
I know its a bit of wishful thinking but it would be great if Wenger had everyone fit for the games against Chelsea and Man City later this month, but we should be ookay for the next match against Southampton…….