Rosicky optimistic of return
Tomas Rosicky is hopeful that he will be able to confirm his first-team return in the near future.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 19/01/09 12:51pm
Arsenal's long-term injury victim Tomas Rosicky is hopeful that he will be able to confirm his first-team return in the near future.
The Czech Republic international has now spent just over a year on the sidelines after being unable to shake off a problematic hamstring injury.
Rosicky has revealed one of his main problems is battling to overcome the mental issues that come with watching his colleagues in action from the sidelines.
The former Borussia Dortmund ace respects The Gunners' decision to stay quiet on his injury, although he believes he may soon be able to reveal just exactly when he will make his return to action.
State of mind
"Everyone surely knows that I am not in my ideal state of mind, the one I used to be in when was in Arsenal's starting line-up two or three times a week," he told his own website.
"Now I am playing a different game. I have been working hard every single day and want to be back soon. I need to be patient.
"I have to respect Arsenal management's decision not to comment on my state of health, as it's their choice and they have been doing their maximum to have me back in action.
"I am not the first or the last football player who has been sidelined for a year.
"I am looking forward to when I will be able to say to the fans 'I am fit and going to play at the weekend'. I believe it will not be a long wait."