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Wenger feared for Rosicky future

Tomas Rosicky
Rosicky has endured a nightmare with injury since 2008

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that at one stage during Tomas Rosicky's rehabilitation he feared the midfielder's career was over.

The 28-year-old Czech made his first appearance in 18 months on Saturday after hamstring and knee injuries.

"There was a time when I was worried Tomas wouldn't play football again and he felt the same," said Wenger.

"You have to ask and hope if he will ever get back to where we want him to be and the answer looks like yes."

Rosicky, whose last appearance came in an FA Cup tie against Newcastle in January 2008, made his comeback by playing the first 45 minutes of the Gunners' pre-season game against Barnet.

But, with Emmanuel Adebayor having moved to Manchester City, Wenger is confident the Czech international will still be the same player and hopes he could be available for the Premier League opener against Everton on 15 August.

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"Tomas had always led a healthy and dedicated life. Mentally he's also very strong," he added.

"We have to manage him well and prepare him well. If we comes through pre-season well he could start the season.

"We must trust the players we have. It's a very important season for us and I believe we are in a very strong position."



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Adebayor finalises Man City move
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Injured Rosicky out until March
08 Dec 08 |  Arsenal
Rosicky undergoes further surgery
11 Nov 08 |  Arsenal
Rosicky is ruled out of Euro 2008
09 May 08 |  Czech Rep
Rosicky and Diaby to miss run-in
25 Apr 08 |  Arsenal
Arsenal secure Rosicky transfer
23 May 06 |  Arsenal


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