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Squillaci and Diaby poised for comeback against Terriers

Squillaci: Back in squad

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Sebastien Squillaci and Abou Diaby will return to the Arsenal squad for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Huddersfield.

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Centre-back Squillaci has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since January 8th after suffering the problem against Leeds in the third round of the cup, while midfielder Diaby has not featured since December 29th due to a calf injury.

But the duo will be back in action for the Emirates Stadium clash at the weekend, with manager Wenger set to shuffle his squad after the Gunners' midweek Carling Cup semi-final win over Ipswich.

The pair may be joined by midfielder Tomas Rosicky (sickness) and, for the first time since the end of September, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who has been struggling with elbow and ankle injuries.

Defender Bacary Sagna could also be available as he continues his recovery from concussion sustained against the Tractor Boys, while Lucas Fabianski and Thomas Vermaelen remain sidelined.


"Squillaci and Diaby will be in the squad," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"The only uncertainty I have is Rosicky. I don't know if he'll be fit or not. He was really sick.

"Almunia has a chance, Fabianski no and for Vermaelen we need to be patient."

He added: "Sagna is as good as you can be. Yesterday he was at home and he still had a little bit of a headache.

"All the examinations made at the hospital were clean. He should be available for Sunday. If not Sunday then Tuesday (against Everton). It is just a concussion."