Arsenal have confirmed that Tomas Rosicky will not return to full fitness until March ”at the earliest” after the midfielder underwent surgery on a hamstring problem in Germany a month ago.
The Czech Republic international has been out with a damaged tendon since January and has made a slower than expected recovery.
Rosicky is due to report back to Arsenal later this month but manager Arsene Wenger admits it will be some time before the 27-year-old will be ready to play again.
Wenger told the club’s official website: ”He’s doing rehab at the moment.
”He’s back here on December 17 and then hopefully we can start to work with him. But it’s a long-term prospect – maybe March at the earliest.”
Wenger received more encouraging news on the club’s other long-term absentee, Eduardo.
The 25-year-old Croatian international has been out of action since the infamous tackle by Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor on February 23.
“I believe we might see him for the first time in the Reserves on December 16 against Portsmouth,” revealed Wenger.
“After that we will just go from there but he looks very good and very sharp in training.”