Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic that he could have Czech International Tomas Rosicky back in his Gunners side in December, but has conceded that it is hard to put an exact date on the midfielder’s return.
27-year-old Rosicky arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2006 in a £7million deal from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, but has been dogged by injury and has not played since his present hamstring-related injury happened in the Premier League match against Newcastle United in January.
There were some rumours that Rosicky’s career may be over, but Wenger has dismissed these suggestions and instead claimed that more patience was needed.
“I monitor Rosicky's progress very closely, but at the moment it is very difficult to put a date on his comeback,” Wenger told the Daily Mail.
“We are not pessimistic about the future of his career, but we still need more patience.
“If he comes back before Christmas we have done very well - but I think we can achieve that, so in December he can play again.”