Arsene Wenger has just finished his presser and has provided the latest news on the injury front. There are not expected to be any major ins and outs in our squad for our trip to KC Stadium. However, there is a doubt over Olivier Giroud’s participation in the game.
Wenger revealed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey is still short on fitness and won’t feature against Hull City. He said: ‘Ramsey is still out.’
The Welsh midfielder has been missing in action ever since suffering a hamstring injury in the defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend.
He was supposed to make his return against Southampton last weekend, but one week later, he is still not fit to enough to make our squad. However, he was involved in first-team training this week, so I expect him to make a return next week.
There is some good news regarding our centre-back Gabriel Paulista. The Brazilian, who suffered an ankle injury in the pre-season game against Man City, has returned to the first-team training and could make his comeback in the League Cup game against Nottingham Forrest on Tuesday. Wenger said: “Gabriel is back in training. He might play on Tuesday.”
Theo Walcott, who missed the PSG game with a mild knee injury, is expected to be involved tomorrow. He faces a late fitness test according to Wenger: “Walcott could be back in the squad. He will be assessed.”
However, striker Olivier Giroud might miss the trip to Hull because of a toe injury. The French striker is yet to make a start this season, and it seems like he will have to keep waiting for some more time.
Our manager revealed that our number 12 suffered a toe injury during the midweek Champions League game against PSG: “No. Olivier Giroud has a knock on Tuesday night, I have to check if he is alright. Big toe. He has been a bit behind fitness wise. He’s slowly getting there.”
So, it seems that Giroud also faces a late fitness test ahead of the game on Saturday.
These comments also explain why Wenger has hesitated to start Giroud this season. He clearly thinks that the striker has not yet reached optimum fitness levels after returning from an extended summer break following the Euro Cup.
Meanwhile, Wenger also confirmed that Petr Cech would return in goal for us against the Tigers. The experienced goalkeeper was dropped from our squad in favour of David Ospina for the game against PSG.
Wenger confirmed: “Cech will be back.”