Johan Djourou is expected to return to training in the next few days and could be back in action in time for Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Barcelona next Wednesday.
The centre-back is unlikely to feature for the Gunners this weekend in the Premier League fixture against Wolves but could step into the centre of defence alongside Laurent Koscielny when Arsenal host Barcelona at the Emirates in the second round of Europe’s most prestige club competition.
The doctor of the Swiss international team, Cuno Wetzel, said: “Djourou’s knee injury is clearly not as bad as first feared. The player suffered very painful bruising on the knee but, if the healing process runs as it should, he could probably begin training in less than one week.”
Fabregas chase cools.
Barcelona have admitted their chances of signing Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas are slim and have put an end to their pursuit of the midfielder, according to Eurosport.
The Spanish champions made several attempts to sign the 23-year-old last summer but refused to reach Arsenal’s £50million valuation of their key player.
Reports circulated in the Spanish press that the Catalan giants were to resume their chase for the World Cup winner.
But director of football Raul Sanllehi has admitted that the Blaugrana’s chances of signing Fabregas are over: “Cesc is a great Catalan player. He played for us as a kid and he will be welcomed back for the Champions League match.
“Right now, everything is dead regarding a transfer.”
Gunners eye Reina.
Arsenal are set to fight Premier League rivals Manchester United for the signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have been linked with a new goalkeeper since the summer and reports suggest the want-away Spaniard could be number one on their transfer target list but it is expected that they will have to pay £20million to pry the 28-year-old away from Anfield, smashing the British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
Reina singed a six-year-deal with the Reds last April but has revealed he would prefer to leave the club in the summer in order to challenge for league titles and Champions League trophies.