[Photo]: Arsenal skipper back in full training, could feature against Sunderland
The Belgium international missed the pre-season after aggravating his back injury, suffered on international duty in June.
Wenger said as quoted in The Independent:
“Vermaelen is back in full training. He is very close to being available and he could be in the squad on Saturday,
“It is more likely to be Wednesday [for the Champions League opening fixture at Marseilles], but there is a possibility he might still travel to Sunderland.”
Meanwhile, club record signing Mesut Ozil could get a starting line-up berth against Paolo Di Canio’s side at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Tomas Rosicky will miss out for this tie after the Czech midfielder returned from international duty with a hamstring problem.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has posted a picture of him with skipper Vermaelen on Instagram, with a short message written –“Welcome back TV!!”