Arsenal’s forgotten defender could make return
Johan Djourou may soon make his 2009/10 debut.
The Swiss defender is yet to feature for Arsenal this season due to a severe injury he suffered on international duty days before the Gunners’ season opener against Everton in August.
At the time, Arsene Wenger estimated Djourou’s lay-off to be about six to eight months with the likelihood of the defender not playing any part in this campaign.
But the 23-year-old’s recovery has gone on course and he could make a vital contribution to Arsenal’s run-in this year.
In an interview on March 2, Djourou claimed he would need “six weeks” to return and late April now appears to be a likely date.
His comeback will be much welcomed by an Arsenal side which is left with veterans Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell as main options to partner the ever-present Thomas Vermaelen in defense.
And with the future of the injured William Gallas still uncertain, the promising 6ft 4in tall Swiss man – who made a big step up last term – could capitalize on a first team chance.
“Johan Djourou had a difficult problem with the cartilage in his knee joint. He has made virtually a full recovery and we expect him to train fully with the squad within the next fortnight, as will Kieran Gibbs.” Physio Colin Lewin said.
“They have both made full recoveries from what could have been career-threatening injuries.”