Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Kieran Gibbs will miss tomorrow’s Premier League showdown at Wolves with a tired crotch. The England under-21 international will be joined on the sidelines by Gervinho, still suffering from an ankle knock, although the boss was unusually quick to rule in the possibility of a return to the squad for both Ju Young Park and Seb Squillaci.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger gave an update on the status of his squad:
“Gibbs is out with a fatigue of his groin, so Santos is back. Koscielny is of course suspended for two games and Gervinho is ruled out with an ankle problem. Squillaci and Park come in. The squad is quite easy to pick because all the players available are in.
“Gibbs is short-term, it is more fatigue than an injury. Santos comes straight back.
“Gervinho is short-term as well. He had a test today which was not completely satisfying but he is not far.”
Arseblog News relayed reports from Germany earlier which claimed that Per Mertesacker could return to training later this week. Asked about the progress of his German international, the boss played down an imminent return stating: “No, no, no, he is still in Germany for his rehab and he is starting his running but he is not back in training. He is fine though.”