Doubts over Arshavin but RVP returns

Andrey Arshavin has raised serious doubts that he will play again this season by revealing he had suffered two muscle tears against Barcelona nine days ago. Arsene Wenger initially played down fears that his Russia forward would be out till next term by saying a calf injury should have healed in time for the visit of Manchester City on April 24.
In this morning’s Daily Mail, Arshavin admitted a scan revealed complications. ‘Unfortunately, it found not one torn muscle, but two,’ he said. ‘A torn calf muscle, as I expected, but still there is a tear in the adductor, where it connects to the groin. I hope that I will be back by the match with City. These are just my hopes, but it’s hard to say how it will be in reality.’
The Mirror claims that Robin Van Persie is in line for a dramatic return to our title push in the north London derby. Van Persie has been out for six months since he suffered a serious ankle injury playing for Holland in a friendly against Italy.
The paper quotes physio Colin Lewin: “Robin will be joining the squad for full training imminently. That is a big boost for everyone at the club.” And it says AW is tempted to throw Van Persie into the fever pitch of a White Hart Lane derby against Tottenham next Wednesday, possibly from the bench.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph goes two better and says Lewin has revealed a trio – Robin joined by Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs – are close to returns.
“Johan Djourou had a difficult problem with the cartilage in his knee joint,” Lewin said. “He has made virtually a full recovery and we expect him to train fully with the squad within the next fortnight, as will Kieran Gibbs.
“They have both made full recoveries from what could have been career-threatening injuries. And to see Johan and Kieran training with the team in the next fortnight will give everyone a big lift.”
Back in the Mail and the paper claims Totenham are warning fans they will not tolerate abuse directed at Sol Campbell on his return to White Hart Lane. Campbell is expected to be in the squad for Wednesday’s North London derby, which promises to be highly charged with the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League title race and Spurs chasing fourth place.
A spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the issues that these high category  matches can bring, particularly with the importance surrounding the current League positions. As always, we shall be monitoring for any abusive and inappropriate behaviour, making full use of the CCTV systems and headcams that the police and club have available and dealing promptly with any unacceptable activity.’

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