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Last Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006, 10:44 GMT
Campbell attends Arsenal training
Sol Campbell
Campbell missed Saturday's game against Birmingham
Arsenal defender Sol Campbell returned to training on Monday for the first time since walking out of Highbury.

Campbell was last at the ground on Wednesday when he endured a torrid 45 minutes before being substituted in Arsenal's 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

The 31-year-old missed the Gunners' win over Birmingham but has now returned.

"We will help Sol to bounce back quickly and to focus and concentrate on the game of football, which is the best cure," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Real Madrid star David Beckham feels England team-mate Campbell has the strength of character to emerge unscathed from his current troubles.

"Sol is a strong-minded person and he will do what he wants and what he thinks is best," Beckham said.

"You do not become a bad player just because of two or three bad games."

No matter what people say, for me Sol is still a fantastic defender - one of the best in the country, and the world
Nigel Reo-Coker on Sol Campbell

Beckham expects to face Campbell on the pitch when Madrid take on Arsenal in the Champions League this month.

"I would love him to be playing against us, because he is one of my closest friends and because he is a great player - and you want to play against the best," he added.

Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry said he was looking forward to seeing Campbell back at Highbury.

"It's great news for us. We're better when Sol's at the back," said the French striker.

"When you have Sol at the back it gives you the confidence you need. I will be waiting for him with my arms wide open."

West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker believes Campbell's problems have taken the shine off what was a memorable night for his side - but backed him to make a full recovery.

Reo-Coker said: "It is not nice because he is getting criticised for the game that he played against us, and because of that they have not given us the credit we deserve.

"No matter what people say, for me Sol is still a fantastic defender - one of the best in the country, and the world.

"You have got to respect what he has done in the game, he has achieved so much already, played for England in the World Cup and European Championships and also for Arsenal in the Champions League.

"He is a big figure for young, up-and-coming defenders, and I think we need to pay him some respect."


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