He”s Bac! Boost for Arsenal as Wenger reveals Sagna set to return at end of January
Arsenal”s defensive injury crisis was eased somewhat when manager Arsene Wenger announced that Bacary Sagna was “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken leg suffered in October.
The France international fractured his right fibula in the 2-1 north London derby defeat to Tottenham, but he was seen running during a training session at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
On the run: Sagna trains at the Emirates on Friday
Sagna”s injury sparked something of an injury crisis at the club, with Carl Jenkinson, Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs all since picking up knocks.
But Wenger, who also announced on Friday that Gibbs will be out for another month, revealed that Sagna is stepping up his recovery ahead of schedule.
Road to recovery: Sagna is expected to return next month
“You could see that he”s a bit ahead of schedule,” the Frenchman said.
“We have to [be careful] but physically he will be ready very quickly because he worked very hard in the gym.
Broken: Sagna was injured in October
Festive spirit: Sagna relaxes with Lauernt Koscielny (front left) and Gervinho (front right)
“We think the end of January is a reasonable target for him.”
Wengerhas been forced to use centre-backs Djourou and Laurent Koscielny out of position at right-back to cover for the loss of Sagna and his deputy Jenkinson.
But Arsenal fans will be relieved to know that Wenger will once again be able to call on one of the club”s most reliable performers in recent season from the end of next month.