Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Tomas Rosicky will not take part in their Premier League game against Sunderland at the weekend. The midfielder picked up a thigh injury while playing for the Czech Republic and has to be withdrawn from the game.
Wenger did, however, clear Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott to play.
Thomas Vermaelen has returned to training but Arsenal will also be without Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Gedion Zelalem.
Reading have been given a boost when Mikele Leigertwood returned to training after being missing since pre-season with an ankle injury. Undergoing surgery in the summer, the midfielder has begun light training. Wayne Bridge also returned to training after recovering from a knee injury.
Jason Roberts is still said to be a few months away from a return.
Wayen Rooney has returned to training for Manchester United after suffering a forehead gash at the hands [foot] of teammate Phil Jones during training. The player is, however, only rated as 50:50 to take part in United’s next Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile Nemanja Vidic claims that he is not worried about the injury problems he has suffered during him Manchester United career, saying
“It does not worry me because I’m feeling well, I’m training well.
“The injury I had, it was like an accident on the pitch – some player stood on my leg and I had the ligament problem. “And afterwards, because of that, I got another problem, a knee injury – but that was a consequence of the injury I had before.”