Arsenal: Vermaelen fit for Premier League return

AP, Wednesday 26 Oct 2011

Belgium international fit to take on Chelsea on Saturday following 33-match absence owing to Achilles injury

Arsenal's Vermaelen (Photo: Reuters)

Arsenal says defender Thomas Vermaelen is fit for his first ‎Premier League match for more than two months at Chelsea on ‎Saturday.‎

The Belgium international missed 33 Premier League matches ‎last season because of an Achilles injury and has sat out ‎another seven already this season after sustaining a similar ‎injury in August.

‎The 25-year-old Vermaelen made his comeback in Tuesday’s 2-‎‎1 League Cup win over Bolton. He had to be replaced because ‎of a cramp in his calf, but Arsenal says he will be fit to play at ‎Stamford Bridge against the third-place Blues.‎

The Gunners have steadied after a poor start to the season and, ‎with Vermaelen back in the heart of their defence, will be aiming ‎for a fifth straight win on Saturday. ‎

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