Arsenal have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their busy schedule of fixtures in the FA Cup and Premier League in the coming week. The Gunners face Burnley in the fourth round of the cup on Saturday (30 January) and welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday (3 February) in crunch Premier League clash.
According to the Daily Mail, Francis Coquelin could make his long-awaited return from a knee injury this week after returning to training ahead of schedule and is expected to be available to make the squad against The Clarets. Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on seeing the midfielder get back on the pitch and could use him either in the FA Cup or in an U21 fixture against Stoke City, both of which are on Saturday (30 January).
The 24-year-old midfielder has been sidelined since November, and his return will be a big boost going into the second half of the season, with the Gunners fighting in three competitions. Arsenal relinquished their lead in the Premier League title race following their loss to Chelsea on Sunday (24 January) and will be keen to get back to winning ways when the Saints visit next week. Arsenal's midfield had been rendered light following injuries to Santi Cazorla and Coquelin, but the return of the Frenchman and Tomas Rosicky, who has not kicked a ball thus far this season, will be a welcome boost to the manager.
The Czech Republic international made his return from a long-term injury suffered on duty with his national team, is yet to make an appearance for the first-team this campaign. Rosicky played 45 minutes for the U21 side during their 0-0 draw against Swansea City on Friday (22 January) and is likely to be named in the squad to face Burnley.
Meanwhile, according to the Mirror, Danny Welbeck has also returned to first-team training, but is unlikely to be available for selection for at least two weeks. The report claims that the club will set up a behind closed-door match specifically to get the England international match ready. Wenger is likely to be more cautious with the striker owing to the extent of time he has spent on the sidelines.