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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Lehmann banks on Arsenal recall
Jens Lehmann in action for Germany against the Republic of Ireland
Lehmann claims injury is the reason he has not been playing for Arsenal
Keeper Jens Lehmann expects to return to the Arsenal team for the Premier League game against Bolton on Saturday.

The 37-year-old's mistake in his last Arsenal appearance on 19 August led to a Blackburn equaliser and he has not played the last 10 games in goal.

He played for Germany in the draw with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday and claims his absence for the Gunners was an injury and not a selection issue.

"I am fully fit and expect to be back against Bolton," said Lehmann.

"Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not told me anything but I am here now and I expect him to play me, so no worries."

Manuel Almunia has played in nine of the last 10 games for the Gunners, with Lukasz Fabianski featuring in the Carling Cup win over Newcastle.

Lehmann aggravated an Achilles tendon problem when on international duty for Germany in August but has since has treatment for an elbow problem.

606: DEBATE

He stated: "This has been the first time that I have been injured since I was at Arsenal but sometimes the body takes a break."

Lehmann was in superb form for Germany as they held the Republic of Ireland to a goalless draw in Dublin.

But the keeper was booked for time wasting and is consequently suspended for Wednesday's match against the Czech Republic in Munich.

Lehmann let a shot from David Dunn slip through his fingers for Blackburn's equaliser in his last appearance for Arsenal.

The keeper played for Germany against England at Wembley three days later but aggravated an Achilles injury during his team's 2-1 victory.

He played for his national team against Wales on 8 September but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continued to select Almunia.

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