Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain targets return against Norwich after hamstring setback

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is targeting Arsenal’s trip to Norwich for his comeback match after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, Football Insider sources understand.

The England international had been all set to return for Saturday’s Premier League visit to West Brom following a three-match absence.

He had been back in training for over a week and had revealed on his Instagram account at the start of this week that he was “90 per cent fit”.

But Arsene Wenger ruled the England international out of Saturday’s clash at the Hawthorns and does not expect him back for next Tuesday’s must-win Champions League match against Dynamo Zagreb.

It is another blow to the former Southampton man, 22, whose career has been blighted by a series of injuries.

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“He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked it by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short,” confirmed Wenger at his media briefing on Thursday.

Injury boost: Aaron Ramsey is close to a return after missing five matches

However, there is more promising news with the return of Hector Bellerin, who has missed Arsenal’s last two matches with a groin problem.

The Spaniard is expected to be restored at right-back for the West Brom match in place of Mathieu Debuchy.

Meanwhile, Ramsey is set to return for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb.