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Sagna closing on comeback

Image: Bacary Sagna: On schedule to return from a broken leg later this month

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna says his rehabilitation is on schedule as he bids to return from a long spell out later this month.

Frenchman excited by Henry's potential return

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna says his rehabilitation is on schedule as he bids to return from a lengthy injury lay-off later this month. The France international has not featured for the Gunners since October after breaking his leg during Arsenal's 2-1 North London derby defeat at Tottenham. He underwent successful surgery on the injury days later and has been recovering ever since.

On schedule

Manager Arsene Wenger said last month he expected Sagna back by the end of January and the defender has confirmed he is on course to meet that target. He told L'Equipe: "I was told I would spend three or four months out and I am on schedule. "I have resumed jogging and I should kick the ball again in the coming days. "I have screws (in my leg) but I don't think I will have them removed. That would mean another two months on the sidelines." When Sagna does make his return he could be playing alongside Arsenal legend and compatriot Thierry Henry, who has agreed a two-month loan deal at the club from New York Red Bulls. The defender has echoed many of his team-mates by welcoming the forward's return, adding: "It will have an impact on the team and our adversaries. "He is always looking for perfection and he knows what to do to win trophies. When he talks, everyone will listen to him. His comeback is the event of 2012!" Sagna hopes Henry's imminent return will drive Arsenal towards long-awaited silverware after narrowly missing out on the Carling Cup to Birmingham last season, suffering defeat in the final. The Frenchman admits that setback triggered the Gunners' collapse last term and says he is now even more hungry for trophies.
"When you are so close to something, like the League Cup with Arsenal, it brings you down with a bump," he said. "From that moment we started to fall off. We were so disappointed, fans were disappointed. We lost trust." Sagna, who lifted the Coupe de France with former club Auxerre in 2005, added: "I would like to win something, either with France or with Arsenal. I miss trophies a lot, it is frustrating."

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