By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Welbeck will return to full training at Arsenal on Wednesday after more than nine months out with a knee injury, Football Insider sources understand.
The England striker has not played this season and his last appearance came in the Gunners’ goal-less draw against Chelsea last April.
Welbeck will train with the first-team squad as Arsene Wenger prepares him for a comeback in February.
The former Manchester United man is not in contention to play in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Burnley and could play for Arsenal Under-21s before figuring for the senior team.
Welbeck’s imminent return will provide Wenger with more forward options after he was forced to rely solely upon Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott for more than half of the season.
Football Insider revealed a fortnight ago that long-term absentees Welbeck, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere had all begun doing light outdoor work with fitness coach Tony Colbert.
Arsenal are hopeful Coquelin can make his comeback against Burnley on Saturday.
The Premier League giants are preparing to welcome the France international back into the first-team fold for the fixture at Emirates Stadium.
Coquelin returned to full training last Thursday for the first time since suffering knee ligament damage in mid-November.