Wenger: Welbeck closing in on Arsenal return

The Gunners confirmed that the forward’s recovery is progressing as expected, while he expects Aaron Ramsey to be the soonest to return out of the club’s injury casualties

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will return to first-team training next week after seven months out with a knee injury, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

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Welbeck damaged cartilage in his right knee in May’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City and is yet to make an appearance this season.

Arsenal return to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with both sides hoping to hang onto the coattails of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

And Wenger used his pre-match press conference to reveal that Welbeck had completed his rehabilitation, while also confirming that Aaron Ramsey is close to a comeback from a hamstring injury.

“Welbeck is one week away from completing normal training,” the manager told reporters. 

“To be back in the squad; that will take some time because he hasn’t played for a long, long time.We should have approximately the same squad who went to Everton.

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“Nobody is back. Aaron Ramsey’s not back, he’s the closest to come back, so we have some knocks and bruises but they should all be available again.

“Next week, I believe he [Ramsey] should be back in the squad and in normal training.”

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