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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 08:52 GMT
Fitness boost for Arsenal
Arsenal captain Tony Adams
Adams has been out of action for five months
Arsenal's long-term absentees Tony Adams, David Seaman, Lee Dixon and Francis Jeffers came through a specially arranged friendly unscathed on Thursday.

The quartet played in a 2-2 draw with Watford reserves at Arsenal's training ground on Wednesday and suffered no reactions.

That is good news for boss Arsene Wenger, who is likely to include all four in the squad for the trip to Everton on Saturday.

The players had all been out of action for several months:

  • Adams has been absent for five months because of a foot injury

  • Seaman injured his shoulder in September and underwent an operation in November

  • Jeffers damaged his ankle in October in only his second start of the season

  • Dixon has been out since the end of November with a knee problem

    French midfielder Patrick Vieira also expects to play in the Everton clash despite coming off in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday with a hamstring strain.

    However, Martin Keown is out of action for about six weeks after fracturing his leg last week and Ashley Cole is sidelined for at least three weeks with a knee ligament problem.

  • See also:

    03 Feb 02 |  Eng Prem
    Gunner's Cole woe
    01 Feb 02 |  Arsenal
    Keown out with broken leg
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