Rosicky has finally made his return to competitive football since limping out of an FA Cup clash with Newcastle back in January 2008.

The 28-year-old started and lasted 56 minutes of Czech Republic’s 7-0 dismantling of San Marino today.

It was around this time last year that Rosicky was expected to make his major return but a roller-coaster ride in his healing process meant the winger had to wait until this season to resume action.

Rosicky has now recovered from the preseason setback which ruled him out of the start of this campaign and managed to inspire his country to a vital victory today.

Impressed by the midfielder’s comeback, Czech Republic’s manager Ivan Hasek is convinced Rosicky is fit again and will not be surprised if he is handed a start against Man. City this weekend.

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“I am convinced he will be all right. It’s been five weeks since his [last] muscle injury, so there’s no risk,” Hasek said to the media.

“I’ve also talked to the Arsenal manager and it’s possible that Tomas will play against Manchester City on Saturday.”