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Arsene Wenger: Injury update on Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck and Diaby


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says midfielder Abou Diaby is not close to a return as he raises questions over the future of the 28-year-old.

The Frenchman has featured less than 20 times for the Gunners over the past four seasons and is expected to be offered a new contract only if fully fit for next season.

"He [Abou Diaby] is still injured," Wenger explained.

"At the moment he is not in a position where he will be able to play soon because he is not on the field at all. I will have a decision to make about his contract."

The 65-year-old also says that a number of players will be assessed in the coming days ahead of Saturday's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

"We have some uncertainties about [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Hector] Bellerin," Wenger said.

"They will have tests today and Bellerin should be available. Oxlade-Chamberlain, I'm not sure [because he] has an inflammation of his groin problems and Bellerin is an ankle problem.

"[Serge] Gnabry is back in full training but he needs games in the under-21s because he's been out for a very long time. He looks quite promising again physically, and fitness-wise he is okay.

"Danny [Welbeck] is still out. I think he will need two more games to be back again. He's not in full training yet.

"He's [Krystian Bielik has] only just come from Poland. He has just turned 17, is not fit because they had a winter break in Poland and that is quite long. He's at the start of getting back to full fitness. He won't be ready before three weeks."

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