Arsene Wenger has admitted he regrets not giving Aaron Ramsey a rest against Watford last weekend with the midfielder now facing a month out.
Wenger confirmed on Thursday that Ramsey is unlikely to play again before the next international break after suffering a pulled hamstring in the midweek Champions League win over Bayern Munich. The Premier League game at West Brom on November 21 is a likely return date for the Welshman.
Wenger believes Ramsey should have been rested by Wales for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra with qualification already secured, but the Arsenal boss now regrets not leaving out the 24-year-old himself ahead of the Bayern game.
“After the international break Aaron Ramsey has a chance to be back,” Wenger said. “It’s a three to four week job.
“Maybe he was overloaded with games. I think maybe neither him nor Bale should have played [for Wales] against Andorra because they had already qualified.
“Ideally he should have had a breather then or against Watford. I regret playing him then because he got injured.”
David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are also currently out injured for Arsenal, but Gabriel has been passed fit ahead of this weekend’s game against Everton.
Wenger will now meet with Arsenal’s medical staff to determine whether any of his other players need resting to avoid further injuries.
“Everybody else looks to have recovered. Gabriel is back in full training and we have no other problems,” Wenger said. Nobody back but no other problems.
“I’m not sure at the moment about rotation. We have a medical meeting this morning and recovery tests. It’s difficult to speculate about players who might be tired.”
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