Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he does not expect long-term injury Tomas Rosicky to play for the Gunners again until “March at the earliest”, with the midfielder already having spent almost a year on the sidelines at the Emirates Stadium.
The 28-year-old Czech Republic International sustained the hamstring tendon injury against Newcastle United in the FA Cup last January, which kept Rosicky out of the summer EURO 2008 tournament and the former Borussia Dortmund, player has not featured at all in the Premier League for Arsenal this season.
Rosicky had to have further surgery for the injury in November, with Wenger confirming on Monday that he will not feature again for the North London club until at least March next year.
Wenger told the club's official website: “He's doing rehab at the moment.
“He's back here on 17th December and then hopefully we can start to work with him. But it's a long-term prospect - maybe March at the earliest."
However, Wenger also revealed some positive news for Arsenal fans, when he said that striker Eduardo, who has been out since February after breaking his leg in a Premiership match against Birmingham City last season, will play against Portsmouth reserves next week.
Wenger added: “He will play on 16th December in the reserve team (against Portsmouth reserves).”