Arsenal Goalkeeper Almunia Fit To Face Newcastle United

The Gunners' Spanish keeper has recovered from the weekend's potentially ankle-cracking tackle, and should be okay for Saturday evening's trip north...

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is in line to make a return to the Arsenal starting line-up, after suffering from the effects of the late tackle he endured from El-Hadji Diouf during the Gunners' 4-0 weekend victory over Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates.

The Spaniard missed the midweek FA Cup victory over Hull City, but has made a return to training today and should be given the all-clear to play at Newcastle United on Saturday evening by Arsenal's medical staff.

News was slightly less positive concerning the injuries to other players though, with Cesc Fabregas and Eduardo Da Silva returning to full training, but unlikely to be ready to face the Magpies.

"Almunia could be back," Gunners manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"He had a good training session today so it looks like he will be available. Fabregas and Eduardo have come back into full training today but I think they will be short for Saturday.

"It is the first time back for Cesc. He is physically fit but he needs a few training sessions. So it will be after the international break for him."

Wenger concluded by updating fans as to the situation regarding former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre and Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor, adding, "Silvestre is fit and available but Adebayor is not ready yet."

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