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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 21, 2008

Toure may be fit for Milan

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Kolo Toure could be back in action sooner than originally thought, and may even be in contention for the second leg against Milan on March 4. Toure had limped off in the seventh minute of Wednesday's goalless Champions League draw with a calf problem sustained when he blocked a shot by Pato. 'The news is maybe a bit better,' Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. 'For me on Wednesday night it looked like he would be out for two to four weeks. The way he was walking perhaps four - but today the medical staff said to me it would be closer to two than four.' While Toure's prognosis is clearly more positive, the Arsenal manager maintains he will not be pushing Van Persie into a swift return. The 24-year-old has been plagued by fitness problems all season, having opened the campaign in fine form. Van Persie last appeared for the Gunners in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, but was substituted at the interval. Wenger has no intentions of rushing the Dutchman this time. The Arsenal manager said: 'No. Robin is not a very long away from being fit at all, but he lacks match-practice. 'Could he be in the squad for Milan? Maybe - but don't forget he has not played regularly for five months now.' Wenger has some more immediate concerns ahead of the Birmingham game. Winger Emmanuel Eboue is suspended following his red card in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United. Alex Hleb (foot) and Adebayor (stiff neck) are slight doubts. However, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia expects to be back in action after first missing out through a hand injury, and then being laid low with a virus.

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