Rosicky close to a return
Arsene Wenger has declared that midfielder Tomas Rosicky could be back in action within eight weeks.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 28/01/09 2:30pm
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that midfielder Tomas Rosicky could be back in action within eight weeks.
The Czech international has been sidelined for just over a year after injuring his hamstring against Newcastle on 26th January 2008.
It is not the first time the French boss has predicted a comeback for the 28-year-old, with a return pencilled in for last September and when that failed to materialise Christmas was then mentioned.
It is believed that the continuous delays on a return date are put down to the former Dortmund ace contracting an injury which is slow to heal, with his hamstring tendon inflaming every time he undergoes strenuous exercise.
Rosicky had routine surgery in November and continued his rehabilitation in Germany, but now Wenger is confident the end to his injury nightmare is in sight.
"If all goes well (he'll be back) in eight weeks," he told the club's official website.
"But that assumes he survives as we increase the intensity of training. So far Tomas has been exceptional frankly.
"Exceptionally strong, exceptionally patient, exceptionally resilient.
"The most difficult thing in sport is when you have an injury and you try to practice very hard to come back and it doesn't work so you have to rest and start again. That's the most difficult thing."