By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes | Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are poised to make their comebacks in the team’s FA Cup clash on Saturday.
The Premier League giants are preparing to welcome the two internationals back into the first-team fold against Burnley in the fourth-round clash at Emirates Stadium.
Coquelin returned to full training a week ago as he stepped up his recovery from knee ligament damage suffered in mid-November, while Rosicky has been back with the full squad for a fortnight after being sidelined for the entire season.
“Francis is available to play now because he has passed two weeks of full training,” Wenger told the Arsenal website on Thursday afternoon. “Tomas is also available for selection.”
The return of midfield enforcer Coquelin is a huge boost to Arsenal as the club prepare for the title run-in.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 28, 2016
Football Insider revealed last week the 24-year-old had been pencilled in to return for the Burnley match and he is likely to be named on the substitute’s bench against the high-flying Championship club.
Coquelin is a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury that has sidelined him since he broke down in the defeat at West Brom on 21 November.
In other Arsenal team news, Olivier Giroud has shaken off an ankle problem that affected him in last Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea.