Arsene Wenger confirmed today that Aaron Ramsey, to no one’s surprise, will not return to the club until after the upcoming international break. Ramsey, who has been out of action since the opening day loss to Liverpool, is nursing an injured hamstring and it appears that his recovery is going a bit more slowly than we had all hoped.
“Aaron is still struggling with his hamstring and I don’t think that he will be available against Basel or at Burnley so, before the break, he will not be available,” Wenger said. “We had a few disappointments because he was close to joining again and, every time, he is not completely ready. He is not far, but we have to be cautious with him.
“He has a small grade-one hamstring but he is not completely free in his mind yet to push completely, so we stop him every time when he has a little pain. He is in the last days of his rehab and, as long as he is not completely comfortable, we do not push him.”
While it’s discouraging to hear this, at least the club has fairly sufficient cover in central midfield to survive Ramsey’s absence. Wales boss Chris Coleman might not be happy with the way the club has managed his key player but at least he and Wenger won’t have to worry about him making his injury worse on international duty.