Kieran Gibbs is aiming for a return to action in approximately ten days time, according to a webchat with supporters on the Arsenal China website.
The left-back, who has been out injured since the middle of October with groin and hernia problems, was tipped for a comeback in December but suffered a setback which forced Arsene Wenger to rule him out for ‘several more weeks.’
Giving an update on his fitness situation it appears that Gibbs is feeling positive about a return in the near future, stating:
“I’ll be back after 10 days, if the scan outcome is positive. I had another operation weeks ago, now everything is better.”
Coy on whether he could still make a run at the England left-back position ahead of Euro 2012, he continued:
“I try not to think too far ahead, I want to focus on getting back to full fitness. Hopefully if I have a good run of games until the end of the season then I may go, but I have been out for nearly three months now. So first I will focus on Arsenal and see what happens after that.”
The news will come as a real fillip to Arsene Wenger who has spent the last two weeks scouring the transfer market for a temporary replacement for the left-back position. With Andre Santos also sidelined, the boss has had little choice but to field the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Francis Coquelin and Ignasi Miquel as he stretches his squad to the limit.
While a return to fitness in ten days could see Gibbs thrust into action against Manchester United, it’s fair to say that the FA Cup game against Aston Villa at the end of the month is a more realistic target. Given the player’s history of injuries it would obviously be foolish of the coaching staff to take further risks.
Thanks to @SiuFay for the translation.