Gunners receive Beast boost
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Julio Baptista's injury appears to be minor, so Arsenal are unlikely to make a panic buy.
Arsenal have confirmed that Julio Baptista's groin injury is not as serious as first feared, a development that is likely to end any talk of Arsene Wenger entering the transfer market before Wednesday's deadline.
The Gunners boss had hinted that he could be forced into a 'panic buy' after his on-loan Brazilian forward picked up an injury in the 1-1 FA Cup draw against Bolton on Sunday.
Coupled with Robin van Persie's broken metatarsal, the injury to Baptista may have convinced the Frenchman that he needed to break his vow not to bring in any new faces in January.
However The Gunners have now revealed that Baptista has only suffered a minor blow and could even be in contention for the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports 1.
'The Beast' will now undergo intensive treatment in a bid to be fit for the cup clash, and his presence would certainly be a major psychological boost for Wenger with the Brazilian international scoring six goals in the competition this season.