Striker back to boost Gunners
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robin van Persie trained with Arsenal on Monday ahead of the game against Hamburg.
Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League game against Hamburg with Robin van Persie participating in training on Monday.
The Dutch striker suffered an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle and initial indications had suggested he would be unavailable for the visit of the German outfit as The Gunners attempt to gain control of Group G.
Van Persie was taken for X-rays following the draw with The Magpies, and the results have been encouraging with the former Feyenoord man now taking part in training in London Colney.
Sweden captain Freddie Ljungberg joined in after being rested for the weekend's game following a spell on the sidelines, whilst vice-captain Gilberto also returned as expected after missing the game against The Magpies to return home due to family problems.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was preparing for the prospect of having to face the German outfit with a weakened squad, but with the trio returning the London side will be hopeful of securing the win that could take them above CSKA Moscow at the top of Group G.
Ljungberg has been suffering with a calf injury for several weeks, but, along with Gilberto, could now return to the Gunners midfield in place of Julio Baptista and Mathieu Flamini.
Van Persie's likely availability means he should retain his place wide on the left, with Thierry Henry playing as the lone striker after being rested for the first half against Newcastle before rescuing a point with a superb free-kick.