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Arsène Wenger is expecting news on Gilberto’s injury in the next couple of days.

The midfielder has recently returned from Brazil, where he has been recuperating from the fractured vertebrae that has kept him sidelined since September 18. The initial signs are positive but the 28-year-old World Cup winner still faces a long road back to full match-fitness and is expected to be out until the last month of the Premiership campaign.

“The news I had from the specialist he has seen was rather good,” said Wenger. “But we want to check that with our own specialist.

“We have to consider that the best of Gilberto could happen in mid-April even if it is positive [news].”


We're in a tough spot, with Gil out, and Edu's contract wrangling; we're unsure whether to dip into the transfer market. Getting Edu sorted out - whatever the outcome - is crucial now.

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BRAZILIAN midfielder Gilberto last night promised he will be back to boost Arsenal's title challenge after revealing he played for two months with a broken back.

The World Cup winner should get the all-clear to resume training when he sees a back specialist today. Gilberto hopes to return to action by the end of next month but has revealed the full extent of his five- month injury nightmare for the first time.

And, frighteningly, Gilberto played through the pain barrier for 10 games before a scan revealed he had fractured a disc in his lower back following a tough tackle at Everton in August. Gilberto played on because he did not want to let his Arsenal team-mates down

Gilberto said: 'It has not been easy - it was very difficult after I did the injury but I just wanted to carry on so I could

help the team. I don't know how I did it but eventually it got so bad we did a scan on my back and it showed the fracture.

'I got the original injury playing against Everton. I was in the middle of the pitch and I took a hard tackle from behind - I don't know who from.

'I fell to the ground and had some treatment. But the pain in my back just got worse and worse and 20 minutes from the end I came off.

'The pain continued but it got worse because I carried on playing and training with the back injury.'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger realised he needed help - and sent him back to Brazil for complete rest. Gilberto has not trained for nearly three months but he's confident the back specialist will give him the all-clear today.

Arsenal's medical team were pleased with his progress when he reported back on Monday.

Gilberto said: 'I had a good time in Brazil. I am feeling well now, much better.

'I had a scan on Tuesday and the Arsenal doctor saw the scan and said it looks great.

'But he wants to wait and see what the specialist says.

'But I will be back soon. I am very positive and very happy and I think I will be playing by the end of February.'

Gilberto's return will also be a welcome boost for Wenger at a time when Edu has been stalling over a new contract which has left Arsenal short in midfield.

Patrick Vieira has struggled for form while 17-year-old Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini both lack experience.

Gilberto added: 'I don't know what is going on with Edu. I want him to stay but he knows what is best for him, especially because he has a family now, he became a father last year.'

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