Wenger gives latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Southampton clash

Theo Walcott is back in the Arsenal squad to face Southampton but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is at least a month away

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Lukas Podolski
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski Photo: Instagram/Lukas Podolski

Theo Walcott is back in the Arsenal squad to face Southampton on Saturday but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is at least a month away from full fitness, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

Walcott has been sidelined after undergoing a minor abdominal operation back in September, while Oxlade-Chamberlain has been nursing a knee injury.

“Theo will be back for Saturday in the squad,” said Wenger. “He’s completely fit again. He has not played for a long time, of course, he has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday. Yes [I will use him cautiously].”

Asked about Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby, Wenger added: “Chamberlain is at least one month, Sanogo is January, Diaby will be March.”

Wenger, whose side are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into Saturday’s clash at Emirates Stadium, also revealed that Tomas Rosicky is recovering from illness, and that Lukas Podolski is around three weeks away from a return.

“Tomas was ill, he had one or two [normal] training days, he could be in the squad as well on Saturday. We have a final test on Friday,” said Wenger.

“Podolski is not too far away, I would say three weeks. He is doing fitness training on the pitch. He starts to do some ball work too, he still needs two or three weeks before we see him on the pitch for Arsenal.”

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