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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Vermaelen ready to return

Arsenal's Belgian defender keen to face London rivals Chelsea at weekend

Thomas Vermaelen missed two months of the season due to injury as Arsenal struggled

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says he is fit and raring to return for the Gunners.

The Belgian international has been out injured since the end of August but hopes to return to Barclays Premier League action this weekend against Chelsea.

He started Arsenal's Carling Cup win over Bolton on Tuesday before being forced off with calf trouble after 84 minutes.

But it proved to be nothing more than cramp and the defender, who recently signed a new deal at the Emirates, is ready to face their London rivals if called upon.

"I feel great," the 25-year-old told Arsenal Player. "If I come back from injury after a long time I don't believe in coming back and getting rhythm.

"I think it is just in your head and a mental thing - if you are a football player you have to be there straight away.

"It was great to be back and to get time on the pitch. I felt fresh, I'm OK and am available for Saturday."

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Key Points

  • Belgian defender has been sidelined for two months
  • Played against Bolton in Carling Cup in midweek
  • Calf injury that forced him off was not serious