Friday, 16 March 2012

Wenger should kill off Jack's Euro 2012 dream -Podolski latest -Santos ready

Morning Gooners.

The manager has given the latest injury news ahead of a weekend where we have no game due to our elimination from the FA Cup and Everton's involvement in the competition.

The good news is that Andre Santos suffered no reaction to his 60 minutes on the pitch for the reserves and should be available for next Wednesday's match at Goodison if the manager needs him.

Santos told the official site:
"I am very happy to be playing again because it has been a long time. 
"I feel good and I hope to be able to play next week at Everton.
"It has been a difficult time because my ankle was in pain and I didn't feel good, but now it feels good again and I am very happy to be back."
Abou Diaby is also on the come back trail and should play against Liverpool for the reserves next week if his recovery progresses as quickly as it has done. Francis Coquelin is still two weeks away from returning to the pitch and then there is less good news on Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker.

Wenger has yet to set a date on the England midfielder's return and given he's suffered at least one set back and has yet to play a competitive game, I'm not sure if he'll play again this season.

The Frenchman said:
"Jack's scan was positive. There is no problem, it is normal evolution and he is continuing his progression. It's too early to fix a date though, we go day by day with him."
Personally I think the manager doesn't want to kill off Jack's hopes of playing in the European Championships, but I don't see how with only ten games left and the team playing well, why the manager should risk playing him - just in case he does get injured again.

I would rather he didn't play this season, we write it off. He has a summer off to recover and get himself in shape for next season. There is no point rushing him back with the team on a role.

As for Mertesacker, his hopes of playing in the European Championships have been killed off by the manager's admission that there is little time for him to recover from his ankle injury and get himself back to full fitness.

Wenger said:
"I  believe Per will be out for the rest of the season. Basically there are only six weeks to go [this season] so I don't think he'll be sharp enough to come back and play. He would need to train and get back to full fitness."
Again, I think the defender needs to get himself back to full fitness before even considering the Euros.

Elsewhere, the latest on the Lukas Podolski move to Arsenal is that German newspaper Bild reported that the medical the Gunners were said to have carried out on Tuesday in Cologne did indeed happen.

However his agent Kon Schramm has denied it did. Who to believe! Anyway,  the deal will happen but I doubt it will be announced before the end of the season.

That's your lot for today. Until tomorrow.



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