Arsenal have been boosted by the return of captain Cesc Fabregas to training after a serious knee injury.
The midfielder has been out of action since rupturing knee ligaments against Liverpool in December.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 21-year-old had joined in with training but is still some weeks away from a return to first-team action.
"It is the first time training for Cesc," said Wenger. "He is physically fit, but he needs a few sessions."
The Spaniard suffered the injury going for a 50-50 challenge with Xabi Alonso in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates on 21 December 2008.
In Fabregas' absence, the Gunners have struggled at times this season as Wenger opted to resist the temptation to recruit another central midfielder in the January transfer window and instead kept faith with inexperienced youngsters such as Denilson and Alexander Song.
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