Diaby and Santos Close on Comeback

  • Last Updated: March 13 2012, 8:12 GMT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Abou Diaby could return to action against Everton next week, while Andre Santos is also closing on a comeback.

Abou Diaby: Could return from hamstring problem against Everton next week

Diaby was absent for the Gunners' 2-1 win over Newcastle on Monday night as he continued his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Santos was an unused substitute, having not featured for three months after breaking his ankle in December

Wenger says midfielder Diaby, who picked up a knock against Liverpool earlier this month on his comeback from a long-term hamstring problem, could play a part against the Toffees at Goodison Park next Wednesday.

Full-back Santos, meanwhile, will feature for the reserve team against West Brom on Wednesday night to get some game time under his belt before he makes his first-team return.

The manager told Arsenal's official website: "Diaby is not far [away], Santos I think will play on Wednesday night in the Reserves against West Brom. He will need 90 minutes.

"Diaby should be back for Everton, he has a little chance."

Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere has not played this season due to a foot injury but could return to boost England's Euro 2012 campaign in the summer.

The 20-year-old still has a way to go in his recovery, however, with Wenger adding: "Jack [Wilshere] is less imminent."