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Arsene Wenger: Injury update on Ramsey, Wilshere and Diaby


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini will not feature against Everton on Sunday.

The 24-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Arsenal's 2-1 win against Leicester City and is close to making a return after almost a month on the sidelines.

The Frenchman is also expected to be back in time to face Manchester United in the FA Cup next week.

"They [Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini] come back into normal training today and tomorrow," Wenger said on Friday morning.

"They are nearly there, not completely there. From Wednesday night I don't think we have lost anybody. We have no major problems."

Asked to give an update on Jack Wilshere, the 65-year-old explained: "Jack Wilshere had a little surgery to take his two buttons off his ankle.

"They were irritating him but it's a very minor procedure. He'll be out for a few days. Days, not weeks.

"It was irritating his ankle and they had to take it off [but] no, [it's not another setback], it was planned to be done at the end of the season. But because he had an irritation with it, we decided to do it now. It's a few days."

Wenger also gave an update on long-term absentees Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy, all not expected to return anytime soon.

"The only thing I must say [on Abou Diaby] is that he progresses well in training," the Arsenal manager explained.

"He goes step by step but he has not played yet and is not in a position to play yet. They [Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy] are still a few weeks away."

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