By Will Butcher
Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfield star Aaron Ramsey will make his belated return to first-team action against Sunderland.
The Gunners travel to Wearside on October 29, as Ramsey looks to recover from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since the middle of August.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Wenger revealed that Arsenal’s game against Middlesbrough on Saturday was too soon for the Wales international’s return and he is also set to miss the League Cup clash against Reading.
“Aaron’s progressing well,” Wenger said, as quoted by the official Arsenal Twitter account. “He won’t be back for Reading, but he could return in time for Sunderland.”
The former Cardiff City midfielder will be forced to watch from the stands against Boro on Saturday, as Arsenal look to continue their magnificent run of form.
Seven consecutive wins in all competitions has seen Wenger’s side climb to second place in the Premier League and level on 19 points with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
A win for the Gunners would see them go top if City fail to overcome Claude Puel’s high flying Southampton on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.
Ramsey, 25, is entering his ninth season in North London after moving to Arsenal aged just 17 from Championship outfit Cardiff.
Despite being on the receiving end of a number of long-term injuries, most notably after a vicious tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, Ramsey has made 269 league and cup appearances for the Gunners.
The 44-time Wales international has also found the net 44 times for Wenger’s side, laying on another 40 in assists.
In other Arsenal team news, Wenger is sweating on the fitness of this versatile star ahead of their clash against Middlesbrough.