Nicklas Bendtner predicts return in 3 to 4 weeks

The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sidelined with a groin injury that has plagued him since the end of last year, but he can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and thinks he will be back training normally at Arsenal within a month.

He was asked in Denmark whether he thought he would be fit and ready to play in Denmark’s next international match (Czech Republic Nov 17th) and he sounded reasonably positive.

“If i am 100 percent combat-ready by then, it will be probably good,” he said. “but i simply cannot judge or say anything precise about it right now. I take one day and one week at a time, then we’ll see what happens.

“But i’m very happy now. It goes well forward. I have trained two days with the ball along with other Arsenal players who must work their way back after injury.

“I can feel my groin a little bit, but i would say everything physically is in place. Running wise and in terms of fitness i’m well advanced.

“When i have trained with the ball, there are no technical problems. If i must come to some sort of timeframe, it is three-four weeks, when we get to this stage, i can hopefully work quite normally with the rest of the first team.”

It’s a little worrying that he can still “feel his groin”, but if the Gunners can get Bendtner, Van Persie and Walcott all back by the end of next month, Arsenal will have a full set of strikers for a change…….

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