Wenger confirms Rosicky injury, denies Wilshere setback


Arsene Wenger has confirmed reports that Tomas Rosicky picked up an injury on his first team return at the weekend, but denied those suggesting Jack Wilshere had suffered a setback in his own recovery.

The Czech midfielder played the final 19 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Burnley – his first at the Emirates since May – but returned to the dressing room at full-time nursing a thigh problem.

Giving a squad fitness update ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Southampton the boss revealed: “Everyone who played is available. The only problem is Rosicky picked up an injury.”

He continued: “It’s a thigh problem [for Rosicky]. How deep is the problem we don’t know. He has a scan today. We’ll know a lot more about it tonight.”

Wenger also explained that he’s assured England manager, Roy Hodgson, that Jack Wilshere’s recovery is still going to plan.

“That’s the wrong information,” retorted the boss when quizzed on whether the 23-year-old had suffered another setback.

“He’s looking quite good. Overall, I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and assured him he’s doing well.

“I’m a bit cautious [to put a timescale on his return], I would say four weeks.”

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